An Anthropologie catalog came in the mail today. I never toss them in the trash unopened. I pour over ever page. I may have said this before, but I'll say it again. I love their design aesthetic. I'm inspired by their advertising savvy. Each catalog is an artistic delight.
I noticed something tonight and just wanted to ask if you see the similarities too.
By the way, I thought you might like to see the scale of Vermeer's intricate masterpieces.
Because of the refined detailing, I had imagined that they would be rather large, instead they are almost miniatures. I don't suppose he listened to his art instructors when they said "Draw bigger, fill the whole space!"
what an eye you have! you are so right that these ads seem to have been inspired by vermeer paintings. i particularly seem the similarity in light from the windows. can you imagine painting that kind of detail in such a small format! amazing!ReplyDelete
So much of Anthropologie's "modern" look seems to be inspired from the past, which is why I think so many people are drawn to the store and its delights. Sharp eye, Stevie!ReplyDelete
It's all about the effect of natural lighting! Beutiful post and wonderful comparisons. I always imagined his paintings were much larger! Thanks for the art and artful lesson.ReplyDelete
I enjoyed the comparisons, Stevie. Anthropologie's adds are beautiful.ReplyDelete
Those are indeed excellent comparisons, Stevie! I will have to look at that magazine much closer next time. I didn't know how wonderful it is. Thanks! ♥ ∞ReplyDelete
Good afternoon, Steviewren. I really liked this post...it was inpsiring to me. The pictures remind me of like England or Ireland...and the natural light really sets each of them off.ReplyDelete
Oooh...I'm the same way about the Anthropologie catalog! I always feel like I'm looking at Alice in Wonderland...but with chic car coats and unusual shoes. I love when it arrives!ReplyDelete
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Howdy ho, neighbor! :) Hope you're having a good weekend!ReplyDelete
Mine hasn't come yet! I love it, too!! Their store in Philadelphia is the BEST! It's in a gigantic old mansion downtown. Fabulous, absolutley fabulous. You would go nuts!ReplyDelete
What a wonderful magazine! I feel like I am missing something by not having one :) Thanks for sharing this.ReplyDelete
Stevie, as someone else said, "You really have a good eye!" They do look so similar. They do have that same feeling. It's a look that makes me feel all warm and cozy.ReplyDelete
Neat post! You should teach art!
I've always loved Vermeer's paintings, and you've shown my favorite -- the first painting of "The Milk Maid" I have that image as a blue Delft tile.ReplyDelete
I never knew Vermeer painted in such minature! I think I've read he painted very few paintings his entire lifetime and that he was such a perfectionist. His wife had to pay their butcher bill with a painting after his death as they were so poor.
I don't get the Anthropologie catalog --I think I'll send away a request for it!
It's always a surprise when people see Da Vinci's Mona Lisa for the first time in the Lourve and are surprised by how small it is.
Pat, you are right about being surprised at the size of the Mona Lisa. But, I was more surprised about the Vermeers. It just seems that they should be so much larger. I had a friend take a photo of me beside a Vermeer at the Louvre, just to record the size. I wish I had done the same in front of David's Coronation of Napoleon. It's unbelievably big.ReplyDelete
I had my picture taken beside Venus de Milo too...I don't know what the heck I was thinking...there's no comparison!