Georges de la Tour - The Fortune Teller

Georges de la Tour was a 17th century painter whose work lived in obscurity until the 1930’s. He reappeared when the Louvre mounted an exhibition of French 17th century painters. Then his work began to sell for millions. This painting was purchased by the Met in 1960 for an undisclosed ,but ”very large sum of money”. The French were outraged, but like several other de la Tours the Louvre may have considered it a fake. Among the evidence is a claim that the word "MERDE" (French for "shit") could be seen in the lace collar of the young woman second from left.  Two members of the Metropolitan curatorial staff accepted that the word was there, regarding it as the work of a recent restorer, and it was then removed in 1982. See the original: https://bit.ly/2GnOXvR

Georges de la Tour – The Fortune Teller – 1630
Metropolitan Museum of Art

Santa gets a Tattoo

For many years I would dress as Santa and create a photo that I could send to my clients around the holidays. This photo was one of my favorites. The tattoo parlor in Easton, PA was the perfect setting for a Santa photo folly. And no, I do not have Merry Christmas tattooed on my arm. The first Santa was shot in 1982. This one was shot 25 years later.

Santa gets a tattoo

Henry Fuseli – The Nightmare

The Nightmare was likely inspired by an interpretation of dreams based on Germanic folklore, in which demons possessed people who slept alone. In these stories men were visited by horses, and women were ravished by the devil. The woman is surmounted by an incubus; a mythological demon who lies upon sleeping women. It has remained Fuseli's best-known work. With its first exhibition in 1782 at the Royal Academy of London, the image became famous. After that Fuseli painted at least three versions.
To see the original: https://bit.ly/2VREsHx

Henry Fuseli - The Nightmare - 1871
Detroit Institute of Art