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March 12, 2012

Those Scarlet Stunners

TWO FEMALES, TWO PAINTERS, ONE RAVISHING COLOR. There's nothing like a vision in red to get you scrolling back or clicking to enlarge when browsing through thousands of images on a very sleepless night. Here, two Pre-Raphaelite paintings employ the color lavishly, in ways both hard to ignore.

Frank Cadogan Cowper's Vatican reimagining of Lucretia Borgia's reign uses his intense reds almost solid on the foreground while Thomas Cooper Gotch's portrait of an unnamed lady features his red flat and even on the background. Just some observations that almost don't matter, as obviously the eyes are instantly drawn to the color at whatever depth.

Indeed, red stands out no matter what. Or in this case, no matter where.

Lucretia Borgia Reigns in the Vatican in the Absence of Pope Alexander VI by Frank Cadogan Cowper and The Exile - Heavy is the Price I Paid for Love by Thomas Cooper Gotch