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Raimundo de Madrazo y Garreta, 1841–1920, Masqueraders, 1875-78.
A beautiful image with a subtle colour belend, this scarf features a scene with a couple dressed in extravagant costumes sharing drinks in a quiet conservatory after a ball. The male leans across the table, gazing at the female whose face is hidden behind a black mask. She is seen draping her fingers across her chest which is one of many gestures and details in the painting that Madrazo uses to evoke a playfully suggestive subject. He further entices the viewer with his extraordinary skill in the way he conveys particular materials - satin, fur, porcelain, glass, feather, and velvet, all bathed in light.
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Raimundo de Madrazo y Garreta (24 July 1841 - 15 September 1920) was a Spanish painter from the Madrazo family of artists. He worked in the Realistic style; although his later work shows signs of Rococo and Japanese influence. Known primarily for his portraits, he had his first exhibition in 1860 and often visited New York to sell his paintings. His clients included the Vanderbilt family and Alexander Turney Stewart and he became famous during his lifetime for painting portraits of wealthy French, American, British, and Argentine patrons.
He was a frequent exhibitor at the Paris Salon and won a major medal at the Exposition Universelle in 1889. Interestingly, most of his female portraits feature a model named Aline Masson, the daughter of the doorman at the Paris residence of the Marqués de Casa Riera.
Macclesfield was once the centre of the English silk weaving industry and the world's biggest producer of finished silk. The area has been printing silk for over 300 years and at one point had over seventy mills operating in the town. The town is close to a water supply that passes through limestone, and when used in washing and dyeing it gives silk a uniquely attractive lustre.
Our silk scarves are printed at a mill that has been producing printed fabric on the same site for the past fifty years and the process uses water sourced from its own reservoir.
Located in New York City, and colloquially known as 'the Met', the museum was founded in 1870 for the purposes of opening a museum to bring art and art education to the American people. It is the largest art museum in the United States and, with over 7 million visitors in 2016, was the second most visited art museum in the world, and the fifth most visited museum of any kind.
The permanent collection contains over two million works which is divided among seventeen curatorial departments. This consists of works of art from classical antiquity and ancient Egypt, paintings and sculptures from nearly all the European masters, and an extensive collection of American and modern art. The Met maintains extensive holdings of African, Asian, Oceanian, Byzantine, Indian, and Islamic art. It is also home to encyclopedic collections of musical instruments, costumes and accessories, as well as antique weapons and armor from around the world. There are also several notable interiors installed in the galleries, ranging from first-century Rome through to modern American design.
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