At what secret thought does she smile?

I visited this exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum today.  This drawing is a cartoon for a fresco, in the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, created for the Princess Eleonor of Toledo, by Bronzino.  The woman in the drawing is one figure in the crowd around Moses as he strikes a rock in the desert to make water gush forth (yellow square in image below-right).

7 Responses to At what secret thought does she smile?

  1. Ducky's here says:

    I am always thankful that whomever was running the crew at the Isabella Stuart Gardner theft didn’t have a taste for the late Renaissance.

    They left a Michelangelo, a Fra Angelico and a Raphael drawing among others for some, frankly, rather cheesy Degas’.

    Left some far superior Matisse drawings for that matter and they didn’t go near the Giotto, grabbed another mediocre Degas instead.

    Thank goodness for poor taste among thieves.

  2. Cheri says:

    I was at the Met last August (my 5th visit). You play the role of blogger docent so well, I hope you will take your readers there (to the Met) and educate us as often as possible. Perhaps you have already done this but I do not know.

    I loved the Near East exhibit.

    Also, at that time, modern pottery was on display. I collect a bit of old pottery–Bauer, Rum Rill, Weller, Van Briggle–so I relished the exhibit.

  3. lichanos says:


    Well, I’ve resolved to visit the Met at least once a month this year, so I’m sure I’ll be posting.

    I have a few related posts, if you use the search tool for ‘metropolitan’ you’ll get them.

  4. Man of Roma says:

    I’ll be following the posts too.

  5. Ducky's here says:

    I loved the Near East exhibit.


    One of the finest near east collections in the world. Wait till the renovations are complete and you see the full collection displayed.

  6. Man of Roma says:

    Off topic feature request. There are only 4 comments on the right column ‘talk’ section of your blog. Should you add more it’d be easier to participate in discussions or to reetrieve our own comments and see if any feedback has arrived

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