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How to make my mother's day... 
26th-Mar-2009 11:28 pm
In mom's living room, there hangs a portrait painted in India Ink by my Great Aunt Frida. From what my mom knows of the history, it was Frida's MFA Thesis or some such. Frida gave it to her as a wedding present when mom married Dad. All mom knew was that it was a reproduction of a Botticelli. She could never find a name or the original painting in any of the cataloger.

Well, today, my friend Jeff dragged me into Renaissance, the local New Age shop. Where I found a Renaissance calendar that I couldn't afford, but the woman hanging in mom's living room was in glorious color on the cover of the calendar.

A google search for the calendar and then an image search for the portrait later, Mom now knows that it's Portrait of a Young Woman circa 1480 and it hangs in Berlin.

Now imagine her sketched in Inda Ink.
27th-Mar-2009 04:43 am (UTC)
WOW! Your Aunt is TALENTED to be able to faithfully render it in any medium! I can't even draw a straight line with a ruler.

AND for you to go to the length of finding out who the original artist was and the name of his work....you are a wonderful son, and your mother is very lucky to have you.
27th-Mar-2009 04:52 am (UTC)
From what I've seen, I'm kind of surprised Aunt Frida isn't on display someplace.

Mom was quite happy. I'm persoanlly just amazed by the serendipity of the situation that I found her in the first place.
27th-Mar-2009 06:30 pm (UTC)
Who knows maybe she is!
27th-Mar-2009 04:47 am (UTC) - Just to clarify something for you.
I think you mean 1480. Sandro Botticelli died in 1510, and did most of his major work in the last 15 years of the Quattrocento. You've got it dated two hundred years too late, during the late Baroque.

Just so your mom knows.
27th-Mar-2009 04:49 am (UTC) - Re: Just to clarify something for you.
Oops, my bad. Hit the wrong number:)
27th-Mar-2009 06:54 am (UTC)
Gorgeous, gorgeous! Thanks for sharing. (That must have been quite a piece of sketching your Great-aunt did!)
27th-Mar-2009 04:46 pm (UTC)
It really is. Given my complete lack of artistic talent, I can only imagine how long it took her. Particularly using ink.
27th-Mar-2009 02:39 pm (UTC)
This is gorgeous. Can you imagine how long it would have taken to dress this lady's hair for such a portrait! All those little pearls! This is really a beautiful painting. Now we need a digital photo of your Aunt's sketch of it.
27th-Mar-2009 04:48 pm (UTC)
Trying to talk mom into taking a picture of Frida's sketch and sending it on now for comparison,

And yeah, I can't imagine the prep work on that hair. although I guess Frida did comment at one point that it probably was at least partially a ig of some kind.
27th-Mar-2009 06:30 pm (UTC)
Ugh! I prefer just running a brush through mine and leaving it at that!
29th-Mar-2009 10:43 pm (UTC)
That is lovely - I'd love to hang it on my wall in any format.
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