Out: Trump In: Trompe L’oeil

January 1, 2016 at 3:57 pm / by
Goldfinch (available)
Goldfinch (available)

 

Every year on January 1, the Washington Post publishes The List. This year included:

Out

Downton Abbey

Cider

LeBron hair

 IN

Mercy Street

Mead

Iman Shumpert Hair

With all due respect to the well-known political candidate and nothing against him or anyone else personally, perhaps this will be the year of less obsession with politics and more reflection on the things that have eternal significance and value. This is my modest if cheeky addition:

Out

Trump

IN

Trompe l’oeil

It is a study of a goldfinch for a new Madonna and Child. You will see the goldfinch in Renaissance paintings of the Madonna and Child. The goldfinch eats thistles and thorns and came to be associated with the crown of thorns and thus  with the cross of Christ.

The goldfinch was also the subject of a famous Dutch trompe l’oeil by Fabritius, a student of Rembrandt and a purported teacher of Vermeer. The painting had some renewed interest as it played a significant role in Donna Tartt’s novel The Goldfinch.

The Goldfinch by Carel Frabritius
The Goldfinch by Carel Frabritius
 
 

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