Charles Darwin, His Portrait Photography

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About a week ago, I started to read “The Voyage of the Beagle” written by Charles Darwin published in 1839. A descriptive good book to learn how a naturalist view the world.

As I read, I occasionally google for references which frequently appear in the book. It could be places in the map where Charles Darwin had traveled, or names of animals least heard of. darwin beard

Time spent on reading background of people has also help to better understand this great novel.

While I reading some profile of the prominent figures in the book, the portrait photograph of Charles Darwin took me quite surprise.

Most of the portrait photographs of Charles Darwin is either seen as a bald-headed individual with bushy wisdom beard, or a scientist of younger look with patches of facial hair grown as sideburns.

The strikingly outstanding feature is his frontal bone with distinctive roofs of the orbits of his eyes, giving an expression portraying seriously stern and brutally sobered long face.

Just look like your disciplinary master of in your primary school.

If Charles Darwin were to write children books, I think, having enjoyed reading a fun-loving fiction, little young innocent ones would be shock to realize a fierce-looking author with revelation (!)

From Wikipedia, I found an interesting quote whom he wrote to describe his portrait to the botanist, Joseph Dalton Hooker.

Interestingly, having that harsh look, he did have some sense of humor in this quote.

 “if I really have as bad an expression, as my photograph gives me, how I can have one single friend is surprising.”

Charles Darwin, Portrait Photography
Charles Darwin, Portrait Photography

Girl With a Pearl Earring, Quick Notes

Johannes Vermeer

10 quick notes about the figurative paintings of “Girl With a Pearl Earring” by the mid-17th century Dutch artist, Johannes Vermeer.

  1. Girl With a Pearl Earring” is the most famous masterpiece paintings that remain mysterious to date.
  2. Also known as the “Mona Lisa of the North” or “the Dutch Mona Lisa”. Johannes Vermeer
  3. Today, the painting is kept in the Mauritshuis gallery in The Hague, Netherlands.
  4. Unlike portrait paintings depicting figurative subject is often identified, “Girl With a Pearl Earring” has clueless detail about model’s name, her background and relation to the Dutch artist.
  5. Super lustrous lips painted mildly in flossy red, intimacy gaze more enchanting than Mona Lisa‘s smile, and her pairs of angelic eyes showing flattering figurative of chaste women.
  6. Glittering pearl earring showing centrally on one side of her face, is literally, the focal point of the paintings. It is slightly bigger than her eyeball, yet subtly painted without distraction.
  7. The mono-colored background, all black, creates a vast depth of contrast from the lighter side of her tilted head-face.
  8. It shows a distinctive outline from her supraorbital arch to the right cheekbone, and continue all the way to lower chin and jawbone, ending clearly to her neck.
  9. “Girl With a Pearl Earring”  is a 2003 drama film directed by Peter Webber. The screenplay was adapted by screenwriter Olivia Hetreed based on the novel of the same name by Tracy Chevalier ~ Source: Wiki
  10. The last post which I have written about a young girl embracing the Baroque guitar, has not appeared to be as mysterious as one with the pearl earring.

Girl With a Pearl Earring, Johannes Vermeer

Girl With a Pearl Earring, the right eye, close-up
Girl With a Pearl Earring, the right eye, close-up
Girl With a Pearl Earring, the pearl, close up
Girl With a Pearl Earring, the pearl, close up
Girl With a Pearl Earring, the lips, close-up
Girl With a Pearl Earring, the lips, close-up
Girl With a Pearl Earring, the eyes, close up
Girl With a Pearl Earring, the eyes, close up