I’m not sure what I admire the most: the ability to paint satin and lace, or to paint jewels and medals. Both seem like mystery skills to me. Imagine the patience to perfect every detail, and to make it look so real. I wonder if there were painters specialised in clothes and jewellery, and others doing the rest?
Either way, here is how I’ve seen metal and textile meet – and stand out – on some old portraits. I wish I could hear the fabrics and feel the weight of those metal pieces. I’m even curious what the perfumes smelled like in those days, was it anywhere near the fragrances we fancy today?
I wanted to keep focus on the fabrics and the bling, so I kept their faces out of the picture. I know that the man on the left is Gustav III, king of Sweden in the 18th century, but I have to admit that I did not note who the lady on the right is.