My Daily Art
On any given week day at the WAG, I can usually pop into the galleries to get my daily art dose. It’s something I’ve always enjoyed, and maybe even taken for granted. Now with the WAG closed temporarily, I miss those moments. I don’t know how long we’ll be closed – so I wanted to revisit some of my favourite works and share them with you. Today, I thought about the Portrait of a Lady by the German artist, Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472-1553). Painted around 1540, this fashionable portrait confirms Cranach’s place as one of the most gifted and versatile portrait painters of his day. Aside from the stunning array of jewellery and fabrics that define the sitter, it has always been her face – and the gaze, both intense and gentle – that stops me when I pass by this work in the gallery. A little comfort in these difficult and uncertain times.