Art & Artest

“Maid Reading in a Library”

Author~As someone who’s abnormally fond of gloomy interiors, how could I not love Edouard John Mentha’s Maid Reading in a Library? Citing the various taxidermy, skeletal animal studies, and other curious artifacts found throughout the scene—not to mention its somewhat disheveled state—I would assume this is private library devoted to natural history. The detail in this painting is amazing, and I especially enjoy the bat specimens, glass vials, and the drab skull resting upon that particularly handsome book found on the table. I find this setting both dreary and inspiring; I’d love to walk inside this painting and make myself at home.


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