What kinds of paintings fill your home?
The art in our home can be mostly classified into two buckets: the historical and the contemporary. I acquired the historical works during the decade in which I maintained a fine art gallery adjacent to Miami’s Alhambra Antiques, known as European Fine Art. Our collection at home ranges from a 17th-century Madonna and Child (an oil on copper) to an early-20th Post-Impressionist landscape. The majority of the contemporary pieces are the works of Miami-based and/or Cuban artists, a reflection of our hometown and my heritage.
Give us examples of works from each group.
I’ve always had a painting of a Madonna and Child in my bedroom, some versions more primitive, some more refined. I come from a Catholic family, and I remember receiving my first one as a gift from my parents around the time of my confirmation. Now that I’m a mother myself, the subject has become even more meaningful to me–particularly during those inevitable parenting challenges. The current piece is from Spain, late 18th century. It’s suffered quite a bit so has substantial craquelure (cracking on the surface), but I don’t mind because the expressions of the both the Virgin and the Infant Child speak to me in their peaceful solemnity….