Tuesday, February 24, 2015

New Perspectives on Paintings:

Frans Hals, The Marriage Portrait of Isaac Massa and Beatrix van der Laen, 1622, 140 cm × 166.5 cm, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

For the past three weeks I have visited this engaging picture, nearly daily. Perhaps five times a week. Only recently have I begun to see it in whole new ways; every minute I spend looking at this canvas, rewards me with visual delight. It's almost overwhelming, how much there actually is to be seen within it, when one takes the time to truly look. And there are actually five people within its garden scene. Five. Who knew? Each time I stand before it, I see something new. That must be one prerequisite for a great painting: its ability to delight the senses endlessly, infinitely.