Time once again for the Preservation Society Portrait Challenge! Today we are featuring the Portrait of Mrs. William K. Vanderbilt.
To play, here are the rules:
1. Find three things/props in your house at this very moment
2. Recreate the portrait with those objects
3. Take a photo and post it to your social media
4. Tag @newport_mansions
Want to learn more about this painting? Alva Erskine Smith Vanderbilt is shown here seated in a theater box. Alva was a major figure in the women’s suffrage movement. She was noted for her intelligence, strong opinions, and passion to challenge conventions.
What do you notice first? Do you suppose that was intentional?
What emotion is she expressing? What makes you say that?
What comes to mind when you look at this painting?