A Reading from Homer by Laurence Alma-Tadema

Happy birthday to one of my top favorite artists! Notice how he has positioned everything in the painting to lead the eye to face of the storyteller. Atop the exquisite beauty of the image reigns one feeling: eagerness to hear an enthralling tale!

Fantine by Margaret Bernadine Hall

The painter Margaret Bernadine Hall was so touched by Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables that she painted this image of Fantine, with baby Cosette in her crib. While plump, ruddy cheeked Cosette sleeps peacefully, her mother’s misery is evident. We know from the...

Fairy Tale by Demakov Yevgeniy

There is such beauty in this painting. I love the lively colors, but I especially savor the sense of warmth in the painting. The loving mother has her arms protectively around her snuggled-up daughter, and the daughter is smiling safely in her snug cocoon, unperturbed...

The Reader by Bouguereau

One of my top favorite painters is William Bouguereau. Here is one of his version of a young girl reading. Other than the utter beauty and charm of the setting and the girl, my favorite part is her fingers, on the verge of turning a page. As she patiently looks at us,...