Monday, March 14, 2016

Happy Birthday Giuseppe Maria Crespi

This is a "Self Portrait" of Italian painter Giuseppe Maria Crespi born on March 14, 1665. Crespi was often referred to as "Lo Spagnuolo (The Spanish One)" because he wore tight clothing which was fashionable among the Spanish at the time. His many genre paintings reveal that he veered from the norm in his choice of painting subjects as well as personal fashion. This 39 1/2 x 32 3/8" oil on linen is a self-portrait painted 1712 and is from the University of Kentucky Art Museum's collection.