Tag Archives: The Ugly Duchess

The beauty of nature and the nature of beauty

Michael Baum London, England   Fig. 1 The Death of Procris, A Satyr mourning over a Nymph, Piero di Cosimo, (c. 1495) Do not all charms fly / At the mere touch of cold philosophy? / There was an awful rainbow once in heaven: / We know her woof, her texture; she is given / In the […]

About face: from revulsion to compassion

Sylvia Karasu New York City, NY, USA   L’antigrazioso, (“Anti-graceful”) by Umberto Boccioni (1882-1916), demonstrating an artist’s abstract rendition of asymmetrical, deformed features.4 Skin Graft (Transplantation) (1924) by Otto Dix1 Winter, 1563 by Giuseppe Arcimboldo(1527-1593) demonstrating an artist’s rendition of grossly deformed features5   “I was too ugly to go to school,” writes Lucy Grealy in […]

Quentin Massys – The Ugly Duchess

The ugly duchess, ca. 1513 Quentin Massys Oil on oak 62.4 x 45.5 cm Flemish artist Quentin Massys (1465–1523) was born in Louvain and worked in Antwerp, where he painted many exquisite works of art. In 1513, he painted the portrait of An Old Woman, popularly known as The Ugly Duchess. Perhaps the best known […]