Storytelling with Strangers
Add character to your home with antique and vintage portrait paintings.
From the masterworks hung in gilded frames in the grand halls of European palaces
to the intimate vignettes of our ancestors’ faces arranged on modest mantel tops, decorating with portraits has long been a way to honor our favorite people. These works usually depict family members and close friends or influential national figures and other well-known celebrities. Every once in a while, however, the painted portrait of a complete stranger is completely captivating.
There’s a sense of mystery to be savored in vintage portraits of unknown people. When faced with the painting of a stranger, we see a piece of history represented before us–with old-fashioned hairstyles and outmoded clothing–in a way that emphasizes the differences between life then and the way things are now.
However, these distinctions don’t seem to matter when the empathetic expressions in carefully rendered faces draw us in
[Top] Designer Alison Kandler uses vintage portraits to give interest and intrigue to otherwise overlooked areas.