For a long time artists have rendered beautiful images of women reading. Is there is something about the solitude, peace and attention in such subjects or is it just that it was as time progressed women were taught to read? Is it seen by male artists as a wonderful study, or is it political, or both? (Whistler’s mother sits staring into space, without even a little diary.)
If you Google “images of women reading” you can enjoy the many pictures painted by renowned artists–Think on this for more than a minute.This fascination is fascinating.
What is intriguing, almost spell-binding about someone “lost” in a book? And why, do you suppose the subject is a popular one, a woman reading? Do we have a long list of paintings of men reading? Think about it.I even have a calendar of beautiful paintings of women reading.
I have a singular work for sale in my gallery of a reading woman, not just any woman, but the woman Jesus found a most worthy companion, spellbound by a text. It makes me wonder just what the book is: the Jewish Bible, the Old Testament, the Pentateuch, the Torah. And why, do you suppose it is so important that she is reading well into the night, reading by a tiny oil lamp that allows her this enjoyment? Could it be her own writing? Her gospel? A biography? Is the subject, perhaps, a depiction of the mystery, the questions in so many heads throughout Christian history about this particular woman?
I discovered and acquired this antique original from the school of the old Dutch Masters in a small print shop in London when I was a student there very long ago. It is now time for me to ensure someone else loves and cares for it as I have. Remember this one little piece of paper has survived, handed from one person to another, through world wars, fires and floods, and traveled across oceans and is still in perfect, pristine condition. In fact it has grown more lustrous with age.
You can read about the original artist and the print-maker, the Bloemarts, the father who is thought to have been the teacher of Vermeer, and his son who faithfully printed this image of “Mary Magdalene Reading.” (It is reasonable to think of Vermeer here in the loving rendition of a woman in solitude.) Find it here in my gallery for more information.
Contact me if you want to know more, and if I can be of any help, I will reply promptly.
$500. Firm. (Beautifully framed in silver with archival museum matte/papers.)
The Magdalene Reading by Bloemart (Dutch 17th C. Original etching by the artist.) Framed in silver with archival papers/mattes by Grey Goose Studio in Los Feliz, LA. CA.