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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Worth a Thousand Words: The Supper at the Ball

I love paintings like this, so full of detail that each time I look at it I find something I'd missed before. For example, I just noticed that the officers on the left are holding their hats between their knees as they eat! This is The Supper at the Ball by Adolph von Menzel, a prominent nineteenth century German artist. It looks just like a scene from a Victorian romance novel come to life! In fact, it looks a lot like I imagine one of the climactic scenes looks like in our vintage Cinderella-style romance release, Dora Deane, when Dora makes her triumphant return to society with New York's most eligible bachelor on her arm, much to the astonishment and chagrin of the aunt and cousins who mistreated her for so long. Take a look at the painting and tell us if it brings to mind any scenes from your favorite books, or if you find a surprising little detail within the painting!

Dora Deane by Mary Jane Holmes
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