Giovanni Battista Tiepolo was the greatest Venetian artist of the 18th century. At that time, Venice had strong trading connections with the Middle East, and exotic Oriental figures often appear as bystanders in his religious or mythological paintings. In ‘Head of a Bearded Man in Exotic Costume’ the vitality of the figure is effectively conveyed by Tiepolo's skillful application of warm, semi-transparent washes.
Here is "José Herrera" by Peter Hurd. Born and raised in Roswell, New Mexico, Peter Hurd painted the people and landscape of nearby San Patricio, where he maintained a cattle ranch. José Herrera was a farm hand on the Hurd ranch for more than 20 years. Hurd painted his friend many times and once called him "one of the most paintogenic people I know." Here he is shown looking directly out at the viewer against a panoramic view of the Hondo Valley.
This image is entitled, "Portrait (Miss N)" by artist Getrude Käsebier. “Miss N” refers to Evelyn Nesbit (1884-1967), a stage actress and renowned beauty whose longtime affair with acclaimed architect Stanford White began when they were 16 and 47, respectively and ended when Nesbit's husband, Harry Thaw, murdered White. Nesbit here embodies the qualities of both youthful innocence and the femme-fatale, characteristic of turn-of-the century symbolist depictions of womanhood.