Perhaps we do not only guess and project when we read, but also when we see…..
Take this painting (1) that attracted me right from the moment I entered into that room. It was the integrity of that pose, the graveness of that look that impressed me – the non-frivolous, non-religious, not-seeking-to-please quality of it. A mature, rather careworn but unyielding, woman looking at life.
But then, what does the official description state: “sweetly contemplative look”.
Sweetly ….????? I can’t see anything sugary cute in this portrait…
(1) Joos Van Cleve: Katlijne van Mispelteeren (c. 1530-1535)