"The first time I ever saw this image by Ingres, it was in a History of Fashion textbook in art school. I was stopped dead by this frontal image of a generously-sized and commanding iconic image of Womanhood. The portrait seemed to speak volumes about secrets, and societal rituals, and thwarted power.
Decades later, I stood in front of the actual painting, in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It was like finally getting to visit a highly-respected mentor. There she was, right before me. Oddly enough, I prefer the black and white version of her, and use her often in my artwork. In this case, I have surrounded her with collage elements, and placed a sunflower behind each ear."
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