This past summer I paid a visit to the Delaware Art Museum and spotted this beautiful painting in their American collection.
To really appreciate this piece you’ll need to close up on the details. Those aren’t actual cracks in the paint—Chalfant created the illusion of an old, cracked surface by applying fast-drying shellac while the paint was still wet. Amazing.
The museum also features a wonderful collection of works by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood as well as an extensive gallery on American illustrator Howard Pyle. Definitely worth a visit.