I've got this photo of a painting of a red headed woman wearing an orange dress hanging above my desk. I found it in a pile of postcards in the back of Scrap, a doodad donation store in Denton, Texas. I had no idea who it was of or who made it, but it was a rennaisance-y painting that I thought it would look nice in my room - and it would be worth the two cents it would cost me.
Since I've hung it up I haven't paid it much attention. Whoever this woman is, she just sits silently above at my desk, anonymously an audience to me and my work . She's been hanging up for months, and I never even thought to look into who she was, or who painted her, and I don't know why. Maybe I was worried that knowing more about it would ruin some of the mystery behind this strange renaissance painting I found at the scrap store, or maybe I just didn't care enough and just liked the decoration. Either way, today I thought that whoever she was, she deserved to be looked into.
Turns out it's a painting by Albrecht Dürer, an influential artist in the german renaissance. It's called "Portrait of a Young Venetian Woman", so I can only assume this is a portrait of a young venetian woman. It brings me a little peace to put a name to face, and I hope Young Venetian Woman lived a healthy, happy life during her stay here on earth (unless Old Venetian Woman is somehow out there, still kicking). As for Albrecht, the artist, I looked further into his work, and I can moderately fuck with his paintings, but where he really pops off is in his printmaking. The dude had some crazy ideas, especially given the time, and I respect the creativity and intricacy of his work. Check him out if you can.
Anyways, that's enough bullshitting for today. If you want, check out the song "Viviras" by Los Terricolas. Really good shit, and a sound I really love. Anyways, love you for reading this, please come back next time to see me publicly ruin my career.