When you gaze at period portraits, do you ever insert your own face into the painting? (I do.) For some reason, I always feel a spiritual kinship with women who look like this.
(Christian Schad, "Maika", 1929)
(Portrait of Julia Strachey by Dora Carrington, 1925)
Or this. With her, it's all about the contrast between her soft gossamer looks and that deep unflinching gaze -- she looks as though she has a story or two to tell, doesn't she?
(Fraulein Mulino von Kluck by Christian Schad, 1930)
It's interesting to remember that some of these subjects were the mega-celebrities of yesterday.
(Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire by Thomas Gainsborough, 1783)
(Princess Mary Tudor and the Duke of Suffolk, c. 1516, unknown artist)
All this preamble is just a lead-in to showing you the next four fabulous portraits. Looking at them never fails to give me an inordinate amount of joy.
(Amy Winehouse via here)
(Brangelina via here)
(Drew Barrymore via here)
(Jennifer Aniston, via here)
Have a cheeky Monday.