Reflections Picture

This picture was taken by a friend of mine when we went to visit the Norton Simon Museum of Art the day after my birthday (our [my twin sister's and my] birthday is June 23rd). I bet you can guess which one is me! Anyhow, I've always liked this picture. There's just something about how everything is placed and light or what not that just seems to work, even the blurriness.

NOTE: Information about the painting in the background. From the Norton Simon Museum website: [link]

The Triumph of Virtue and Nobility Over Ignorance, c. 1740-50

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
Italian, 1696-1770
Oil on canvas (Ceiling painted for the Palazzo Manin, Venice)
126 x 154-1/2 in. (320 x 392.4 cm)
The Norton Simon Foundation
F.1972.26.P
© 2009 The Norton Simon Foundation

On view

Tiepolo was the purest exponent of the Italian Rococo. He created fresco decorations and paintings for palaces and churches throughout Europe with an unprecedented, inventive freedom of form and expressive, shimmering colors. A master of the airborne figure and of perspective, he excelled in creating the illusion of infinite space articulated with luminous colors and atmospheric effects.

This painting was designed for a ceiling in the Palazzo Manin in Venice. Virtue is dressed in white with a sun symbol on her breast. Beside her, Nobility holds a statuette of Minerva and a spear. To the left, Fame blows her trumpet. Below, the figure of Ignorance is being vanquished. The poppy wreath falling through the sky alludes to the "sleep of the mind." The bats symbolize ignorance, which refuses to see the light of wisdom and knowledge. The figures of Virtue and Nobility display a distinctly lofty, detached air indicative of the mythological world they occupy.
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