As we keep lists of the cultural nourishment we’d like to consume in the months following the lift of quarantine, heading overseas may still be off limits. It would be wise, therefore, to consider some of the U.S.-based destinations replete with amazing examples of art from all over the world.
The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles has one of the best collections in the United States, including this online exhibit of 18th century pastel portraits full of exquisite details and soothing colors.
More portable and easier to work with than oil painting, pastels were popular for portraits, including this self-portrait from a young Charles-Antoine Coypel, created as a gift for his brother Phillippe.
Pastels were an excellent medium for creating convincing likenesses, making them popular with prominent figures in 18th century France. Jean Baptiste-Perroneau portrays this wealthy French textile scion, and even with some of the more brilliant hues fading over the centuries the details are striking.
Visit this and other online exhibits at the Getty Museum…that is, until you can witness them in person.