oil on canvas
|Andrea Lucas as|
Tammy Sarchi, Digital Photo
Look closely at these two images and note the similarities; Each woman basks in a golden glow, each with the same facial expression. See the angle of the head and back, the trailing bustle and flounces, and even the opened fan in each image.
(Curious about the possible symbolism of the opened fan, I found this reference to "Ladies and Their Fans" http://www.avictorian.com/fanlanguage.html, which made me most happy that I was born in the 20th Century. Heavens...an entire language based on one's fan? Sorry, I digress.)
The moment I saw this photo of my daughter (shown on the right), I knew that I'd seen a painting eerily similar to it long ago by one of my favorite painters, James Tissot.
Reya Mellicker, Digital photo
|"Head of a Young Girl"|
Leonardo da Vinci c. 1500