A Lady at her Mirror, Robert A. Sieczkiewicz
Traveled the seven seas thinking of you,
Hair spun of gold, skin softer than velvet,
Eyes so brown and lips made from summer dew.
Your beauty touched my heart when we first met.
Soon my distant traveling days will end,
Though the salty air do wonders for me.
It is but with you all time I will spend,
For there is no oth’r place I rather be.
Tis greatest desire to be man and wife,
As my feelings for you rules every thought.
It is your gentle touch that gives me life.
A sign of my deep love these pearls I bought.
These tears of the gods unequal to thee,
Who is full of beauty and purity.
Jean Raoux did this painting sometime between 1720 and 1729. As with those who proceeded him a major concern was the light that shined upon the subject. Here we see that simply by the angle of the mirror Raoux can control the placement of the reflected light. I pondered why did he not direct it to the model’s whole face? Probably because the story was about the pearls.
The Romans thought of pearls as being the ultimate demonstration of wealth. For the Greeks pearls were linked to love and marriage. In my poem I take the Grecian theme.