A special exhibition went on view Valentine's Day at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Emerging from renovation for the past 18 months, The Triumph of the Winter Queen, Allegory of the Just, is finally on display. Nearly 10 x 15 feet, the painting was completed in 1636 by Dutchman, Gerrit van Honthorst.
Now. I like art-art. Not art like a purple plastic apple nailed to a slab of balsa wood that is covered with spitballs that supposedly depicts the oppression of Holocaust victims during 1942 in the suburbs surrounding Paris. No. I'm talking about art-art. And if it tells a story, even better. The Triumph of the Winter Queen tells a story. This painting tucks you in, sings you a lullaby and then tells you a story. There is so much going on here.
The painting: before I deface it