My mom took me to the National Gallery in DC when I was a kid and this was the first painting I ever stopped and stared at. The detail in her dress is and was amazing. Stopped me in my tracks. It's so realistic you can almost tell what kind of shimmery taffeta it is.
Anyways, back to decorating. Have you noticed the Flemish portraiture trend going on in decorating today? So many Dutch masters and the like in the spreads today. It makes for the perfect contrast to the squeaky clean white movement also going on right now.
And it adds quite a suitable level of depth to already dramatic and dark rooms.
And then of course the literal translation. Too much?
Are you a fan?
I sure am!