model as muse

A show at the Smithsonian Archives of American Art (don’t be fooled, this is not the American Art Museum) examines the model in painting. “Artists and their Models” opened May 15 and runs through the summer. 

“The model has long been essential to the work of the artist..They often serve as artists’ muses—mortals who can sometimes be almost otherworldly in their ability to inspire creativity…Models are too often given short shrift in art history, their names and stories left unknown unless their fame came by way of scandal.”

Their stories left unknown?! Get it together, Smithsonian! I’ve seen Factory Girl, so I know it doesn’t end well for Edie Sedgwick, though it did wonders for Sienna Miller’s hair.

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