Virginia Ray. UK born. CT living. NYC fashion editor aspiring. Loves traveling (Paris, Shanghai, Buenos Aires, Madrid, Venice, Kyoto, Tokyo, Munich), & eating (pastries at Ladurée, chocolate soufflé at the George V, goat cheese pierogi at The Stanton Social), & drinking (bellinis at Cipriani, mojitos at The Rose Bar). In awe of Sergeant, Ingres, and Chasseriau. Craves Givenchy, Lanvin, McQueen, and Balmain.
"PORTRAIT OF A LADY" by Rogier Van Der Weyden (c. 1460, oil on panel): One of my favorite paintings, ever. There is something this painting possesses that I simply can't quite put my finger on, but it is brilliant. For my last birthday I had my parents get me a good replica made, and now it is framed and in my room (proof of my adoration!). I'm a big fan of Dutch paintings, and this one tops that list.
"CONVERSION OF SAINT PAUL" by Carvaggio (1600, oil on cyprus wood): I always quite liked the Baroque period in art history - something about the dark colors and violent imagery lends to an interesting painting! Part of Carvaggio's appeal to me is his biography (the man walked around with a sword and ended up spending his life on the run after killing someone), but this painting is such an amazing piece of work.
"THE GRAND ODALISQUE" by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Inges (1780, oil on canvas): The woman in this painting may have quite obviously freakish proportions, but the glow and colors of this painting are absolutely lovely. I always approach art from an aesthetic point of view (I don't know anything about art except whether or not it pleases my eye!), and this image has always been very attractive to me.