If you’ve been following along this past month, then you know that we’ve been lucky to have Christopher Rico thoughtfully curating our mystical/mythical art inspired fashion series. This week Christopher picked Mattia Preti’s Saint John the Baptist Preaching, painted in 1665. Preti had a long and prolific career and relied on expressive backgrounds in his paintings much more than other painters of his time. Although underrated, many of his paintings are in major museums and important collections worldwide. It’s believed that his apprenticeship with the “Caravaggist” Giovanni Battista Caracciolo, sparked his lifelong interest in the style of Caravaggio.

Christopher: “I saw this painting some time in the early 90s when I was visiting friends in San Francisco and I think I became a painter that day. I’ve never been able to get this image out of my head, and compositionally I refer to it again and again in my work, especially the recent work.”

Mattias Preti’s exuberant late Baroque style easily translates into the vivid reds and blacks of the season, punctuated with hits of gold.

How do you feel about this painting?
And are you wearing red, black and/or gold this season?

Details: Vionette wrap dress; Kevin Aucoin Mystere; Mary Jo Matsumoto Laguna Libertine Fold-Over Clutch; Aquazzura sandals; Mary Jo Matsumoto 4FREE Scandalous Lover polish; Caran D’ach 848 Goldbar metallic ballpoint pen.


The Dainty Dolls House January 1, 2019 at 00:20

It’s perfect !! I love it!! These are the kinds of paintings that make me want to sit or lay down and just stare at them and dream in the museums…so powerful and striking!! Beautiful. I hope you have a great weekend xox

Marisa Silva January 1, 2019 at 04:17

Great post 🙂

Chicatanyage January 1, 2019 at 22:11

Love the rich red of the dress. Not easy to find the perfect red.

Kim Alston January 2, 2019 at 16:17

that is a gorgeous and powerful painting. I love the outfit you put together. There’s nothing like a lady in red. Fabulous accessories.

Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic January 2, 2019 at 18:15

Hi !!!
I LOVE that red dress!!!! Bill Blass always said: “When in doubt wear red!”
Hope you had a wonderful weekend!!!!

Pamela RG January 3, 2019 at 02:46

Looks so dramatic and very much in the style of Caravaggio. Sure, red, gold and black seems such a sexy and glamorous combination.

Ann January 3, 2019 at 07:37

Interesting painting.

And oh that red dress
is stunning

LPC January 5, 2019 at 04:08

Love that bag most of all.

Diana Mieczan January 6, 2019 at 10:07

That is the perfect date dress:) I love the shape of it so much! Happy Friday, darling.

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