Andy Freeberg takes photographs of the women who watch over the artwork at Russian Art Museums. Often the women seem to emulate the artwork themselves. Whether this is controlled by Freeberg for his portraits or a natural phenomenon is unclear, but it adds an extra layer of poetry to the photographs. In one, a woman sits beside a case of heads, and her own expression mimics that of the 2nd century mummies beside her. In another, the blue of the woman’s shirt is identical to the patter in the painting above her. The women speak about their attachments to the paintings they guard, and whether it is conscious or not, it would appear the artwork has a deep impact on them.
Some of my Rembrandt favorites:
1. St. Jerome in a Dark Chamber
2. The Three Trees
3. Self-portrait Open-mouthed, as if Shouting
4. The Hog
5. The Artist’s Mother
6. The Small Lion Hunt, with Two Lions
7. Bust of an Old Man with Flowing Beard
8. Student at a Table by Candlelight
9. Bust of an Old Bearded Man
10. St. Jerome Beside a Pollard Willow
Almost like paintings - these stunning photos were shot in Bitlis, Turkey.
TURKEY - JULY 30: Sheep brought by Turkish shepherds for milking to Kiyiduzu village of Bitlis, eastern region of Turkey, travel in dust around through the tablelands of Nemrut mount in Tatvan district of Bitlis, Turkey on July 30, 2014. (Photo by Ozkan Bilgin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)