Mother and daughter


This painting is in the collection at the Walters Museum in Baltimore. It’s a huge portrait, by Paolo Veronese, of an Italian countess and her daughter. I’m not sure why I love it so much, but I used to go and visit it every week when I lived in Baltimore, just a few blocks away from the museum. The Walters is still my favorite museum, too; I think it started out as someone’s private collection, and it’s full of very odd, luxurious, detailed objects.

The museum website has an online catalog of their collection. It’s all there, carefully photographed and very searchable. Here’s a Mughal manuscript, a drawing of dragonflies, a Lalique hair ornament, ancient jewelry, Cordier’s African Venus, and an Ingres beauty with extra vertebrae. All gorgeous.


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