Sweet Repose

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”Sleeping Girl” ~ Domenico Fetti 1617 – 19

I saw this beautiful painting at the Detroit Institute of Arts – the exhibition was “Treaures of Venice”.  When found, the corners of the painting were cut, making attribution difficult but it was finally decided Fetti in all likelihood was the artist and the subject, a recently converted Mary Magdalene. Having wept, she has fallen asleep, smiling. Although it’s been many years since I saw this painting up close, I vividly remember the striking red and gold colors against the black background and the soft pink emotion of her face. It was a standout of the entire exhibition and a joy to have seen it.

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