Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Copley on Revere

Reading a book set in the 1790s makes me think of this painting that sits in the MFA. Copley was known (I think) for attempting to capture some of the character and personality of his subjects. Some of the people depicted in his works seem unusually sad or haughty. At any rate, he knew the people he painted. At the very least, he knew what was said about them.

And I ask you: Does this seem to be a nice guy?

1 comment:

Grace T said...

He looks like Jack Black to me. And Jack Black seems nice.

But this man seems like he's very aware of being watched. I wonder how long he had to hold that pose and after all those hours, which facial expression Copley ended up painting.