Odalisque with Book (1866). Francesco Hayez (Italian, Romanticism, 1791-1882). Oil on canvas. Villa Carlotta, Tremezzo, Italy.
An Intriguing Tale. Giuseppe Galli (Italian, 1868-1953). Oil on canvas. “Lord! when you sell a man a book you don’t sell just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue - you sell him a whole new life. Love and friendship and humour and ships at sea by night - there’s all heaven and earth in a book, a real book.” ~ Christopher Morley
✉ Biblio Beauties ✉ paintings of women reading letters and books - Attilio Baccani | Lady reading a book, 1876
Bimbo che Legge. Antonio Mancini (Italian, 1852-1930). Oil on canvas. Mancini’s paintings, often of homeless street children like Bimbo, are wonderful and eccentric, with thin veils of paint that barely mask the canvas in one area and huge gobs of impasto, looking like they have been chunked onto the canvas with a spatula, let alone a palette knife, in others. Paint is troweled and scraped across the canvas in places, yet the same image will have passages of sublime modeling and blending.
Philipp Otto Runge, Us Three ~ self-portrait w his wife and brother
Jaidyn Reading A Book 1. Karen Whitworth (American Contemporary).
Portrait of a Girl,70 x 55 cm, 2005, oil on canvas by Charles Weed