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Thursday, October 11, 2007
Thursday Thirteen #17
The german header today is in honor of Franz Xaver Winterhalter, a German painter renown for his portraits of royalty. Born in the Black Forest area of Germany, Franz was the sixth of eight children, only four of whom survived infancy. As a self-styled royal-o-phile, I love his portraits. So, without further ado:
13 portraits by Franz Xaver Winterhalter

As usual, there's a little something in it for you. Correctly guess who anyone in a portrait is and you'll be entered in my contest drawing for this month. To make it fair, you can only guess the identity of someone no one else has guessed. Of course, some are easier than others because some of the paintings are more famous than others. Happy Guessing.


Anonymous sheryl said...
Two things strike me...the beautiful and vivid colors...and those HUGE dresses...can you even imagine wearing those things???

Blogger Ann Aguirre said...
Those are really gorgeous. Rich colors...

But Sheryl is right; the clothes would end me.

Blogger yh said...
Lovely paintings... glad we don't have to dress like that anymore :)

Blogger Denise Patrick said...
I absolutely could not imagine wearing those on a regular basis, but it might be fun to "play dress up" and see what it was like.

Did anyone notice that I duplicated a picture? I'll have to go back and see if I can figure out which picture got left out. I really did have 13 different pictures!

Blogger Qtpies7 said...
Wow, those are great! I see why you like him.

Blogger Sandy Carlson said...
No. 9 stole my heart!

The women sure did have plenty to conceal the varicose veins and the cellulite! Life is full of trades, though. Imagine toting all that fabric about?

Thanks for introducing me to this painter.

I think this is a new-to-me painter, also. It's gorgeous work; I love his backgrounds. It reminds me of modern-day school portraits, only much, much nicer.

This guy's strength, I think, is in how lifelike his subjects are. Way cool.

Thanks for visiting today, Denise -- and for teaching me about a new painter!

Blogger Lori said...
Great post...I love those pics. It would have been so fun to live back in those days. The dresses were beautiful!! Happy TT and thanks for stopping by.

Those are lovely paintings - I don't think I've ever seen any of them before. Very nice! :)

Portraiture is such a window on the times in which they were painted. The way people chose to be depicted says a lot about them, doesn't it?
My current favorite portrait painter is Kehinde Wiley.
Another excellent TT!

Anonymous Anonymous said...
those are beautiful!!!! thanks for sharing them. happy T13

Blogger impworks said...
#9 was on the front of a box of paints my gran had when I was a kid.

Great TT :-)

Blogger Blue Momma said...
I've never heard of Franz Xaver Winterhalter, but love the paintings! I cross stitch and I can see these made into some great patterns.

I really enjoyed this post! Happy TT!

Blogger The Gal Herself said...
Look at the detail on these paintings. Franz must have been one of the most patient artists who ever lived! Thanks for sharing.

Blogger Mom not Mum said...
I hadn't heard of him either - thanks for sharing his work and thanks for visiting my TT.

Anonymous Mama Pajama said...
Very beautiful! Thanks for sharing these works of art!

Blogger Robin said...
Those are beautiful. I love looking at portraits like these in museums to swoon over the clothes!

Blogger {Karla} said...
there is a part of me that would have loved to have dressed like that. But then I think of the fact that they had no deodorant... no crest toothpaste... and no daily baths.

I would have had some serious issues with that!! ;0)


Blogger Sarah said...
I would have to say I love the dresses from back much detail and color! Happy TT

Anonymous Nicholas said...
I recognise several of those. Is the one of Napoleon III repeated?

Blogger Denise Patrick said...
Yay, Nicholas! Yep, you're right. Somehow I inadvertently posted two pictures of Nappoleon III. I don't remember who I missed and I'm on a different computer than I posted from. I'll just have to check later tonight.

You go into my monthly drawing.

Blogger FRIGGA said...
What a great idea for a TT13! :P

Anonymous ellen b said...
Lovely! I feel like I've been through a wing of an art gallery!

Blogger Nancy J. Bond said...
How elegant...I adore #13! Great TT!

Blogger Denise Patrick said...
Nancy, #13 is a picture of Franz and his brother. Franz is the one seated.

Blogger April Elizabeth said...
what a creative tt! I love number 5.

Blogger Lyn Cash said...
My post is gonna get lost here, but had to say brava - thanks for posting these! The DETAILS - wow. The man was brilliant.

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