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Chasing Judith ~ Finding Caravaggio

2015-11-03
By: Tatiana Dokuchic
Posted in: art
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I didn't know her name so I thought of her as "The Woman in Orange". With her striking attire & direct gaze, she seemed familiar; someone I really should have recognized. Nevertheless Judith lead me on a delightful chase before revealing her secrets.



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I first glimpsed her in a photo of the hallway of the Princess Margaret Oakville Showhome 2015. I thought she was stunning. Imagine having a home where she is one of the first things you see coming through the door.

Unlikely to happen for me in real life but more than feasible in Second Life!



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Through the magic of 3D Architecture, I too could (virtually) enjoy this fabulous Living/Dining Room as designed by Brian Gluckstein.

First order of business, track down that inspirational piece of art.

I thought it would be easy but then I saw it described as "Stock Photo" in the Source Guide. "Stock Photo" my eye! Apparently my search was going to be a bit more challenging.

Time to use some Google-fu.



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My initial search for "woman orange classic painting" turned up a number of likely candidates including The Lute Player by Orazio Gentileschi. I'm no art expert but it seemed to me that I was going in the right direction as far as style & colour were concerned.

I also remembered Orazio was one of the Italian painters influenced by Caravaggio and I had been fortunate enough to actually see some of his work displayed at the National Gallery of Canada in the exhibit Caravaggio and His Followers in Rome.

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Tatiana Dokuchic
30 Nov 2015 03:27:27PM @tatiana-dokuchic:

I couldn't agree with you more, Tiamat. Not only do I believe in giving credit where it's due but I always think that people will be as fascinated as I am with the story of the piece (I know most aren't but I keep dreaming).

Recording the current location of the art is a great idea!

I've gone through different phases with my naming conventions & descriptions. When they started to get too long (I kept blowing the memory of some vendors with all the long names) I decided to stick to the basics and blog the rest.

It's an addiction I share with you :)


Tiamat Windstorm von Hirvi
26 Nov 2015 09:51:17AM @tiamat-windstorm-von-hirvi:

Your post reminds me of a too-frequent challenge when surveying art in Second Life: all those people who upload masterworks without taking the trouble to note anything about provenance in the object titles and descriptions. We should all remember that someone did create these wonders, and even though the wonders in question are old enough to have entered the Commons, the works and their creators deserve to have their names recorded for everyone's education. I also like to record current locations of works that I upload, in the hope that someone will be motivated in their real lives to visit the Met or Tate or Prado or whatever that location may be.

In fact this is one of the main reasons that I started to upload art for myself: I felt irresponsible when I hung a work purchased in SL without giving the artist due credit, and without giving viewers the chance to find out what was was and where it came from. (Since then, pursuing, learning about and acquiring the art has just become an addiction!)


Tatiana Dokuchic
11 Nov 2015 01:28:55PM @tatiana-dokuchic:

Sounds great, Sophie. Please post a picture when you've found her :)


Claire-Sophie de Rocoulle
11 Nov 2015 11:46:10AM @claire-sophie-de-rocoulle:

There is a picture of her that hangs in the Capitol Museum in Rome. I think I will use that (once I figure out which one it is...).


Tatiana Dokuchic
10 Nov 2015 08:04:29AM @tatiana-dokuchic:

YVW Sophie! She does have an amazing story.

Which picture of her are you going to use? Are you going to cut out the head?

Inquiring minds want to know ;)