I've learned a lot about Neoclassical vs. Classical vs. Federal vs. what-does-all-this-mean architecture thanks to our Thanksgiving holiday in Charleston (which was fantastic - you must go!) Classical architecture is the real deal, as in a structure from Greek or Roman Empire, Neoclassical is "with elements from the school of Greek and Roman architecture" but built much later, and Federal is Neoclassical but happening in 18th and 19th century America.
As Bing Crosby crooned in Holiday Inn, "I've got plenty to be thankful for..." we're off to Charleston where we're meeting my two sons and another of our favorite families for the holiday. Foodtopia, fishing (for some) and frolic await, and I'll follow up with a more detailed guide to the fabulous Holy City soon.
If managing your family's happy holiday crush of merry madness is already making you feel a bit like Sophia Coppola managing the crowd scenes in "Marie Antoinette", well then here's a little soupçon of treats just for you. I am pretty sure Marie would approve of all the belles choses linked below.
John Singer Sargent never fails to enchant, and his portrait of Lady Agnew - in her languid pose and all of her elegant assurance - was a triumph at its debut in 1893, and thus launched Sargent's meteoric career. Has there ever lived a better master of loose brushwork or the mixing of cerulean shades of blue than Sargent? But what may set him most apart is his mastery at capturing an expression which conveys the soul of the sitter.
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