My new love’s name is John Dickson Batten. He is an artist and he is British. Sadly for me he’s also rather dead. Mr. Batten was a pre-raphaelite painter who lived from 1860-1932.
I was able to view his painting, Amoret in the Garden of Adonis at the Carnegie Mellon Art Museum in Pittsburgh. It was gorgeous.
I remember reading about the pre-raphaelites and that they felt that each detail must be painted from life, even down to the individual blades of grass. So when I recovered my wits from the beauty of the painting I started looking very closely at it.
Now I know at first glance this just seems, well pretty, perhaps you don’t find it inspired? But, the anatomy is beautiful and seemed quite correct and the skin tones are wonderful. Here is a close up of her head and upper shoulders.
I find it lovely.
I’ve posted some additional details below-in order to make them large enough to appreciate I am limiting my narrative. I will also post the largest size I can of the original picture at the bottom.