R.A.H. (againstathorn) wrote,

Giacomo Favretto - Before the Masked Ball

I'm intrigued by our subject's pose in today's selection by Italian painter Giacomo Favretto. Standing before the mirror with her arm outreached to adjust the display, her gesture and composure strike me bold and commanding. Her pose seems inspired from antiquity studies, possessing that classic alure one might associate with a diety or celebrated leader.

Consider the artist's choice of having her right arm outreached instead of the left; with her back toward the viewer, this heightens the element of secrecy introduced by her wearing of the mask. Unlike subjects in certain other '"Ball" paintings, our woman in Favretto's work is not on display but rather is turned away from our view, which makes this work more interesting. This reserved yet strong presentation of the subject, along with her wearing of the mask and the light illuminating from the spherical lamp, gives the scene a qualitiy I would describe as mystical.
Tags: before and after the ball april 2018
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