Luciano I, acrylic on canvas by Franz Gertsch, 1976
The eyes of Vincent van Gogh: Self Portraits, 1886 - 1889.
Kiki Smith - Lilith, 1994 - Bronze, silicon, and glass.
“In medieval Jewish lore, Lilith was Adam’s first wife. When she demanded to be Adam’s equal, she was evicted from the Garden of Eden. Lilith flew away to the demon world, replaced by the more submissive Eve. Smith catches us off guard with Lilith’s pose and placement. Most sculptures receive our gaze passively, but Lilith stares back with piercing brown eyes, ready to pounce.”
my mother told me this story over and over when I was little
"Always be Lilith, never Eve"
As soon as I saw the top image I knew what painting this was.
"Portrait of a Heart"
Longquan ware vase, made in China in the 2nd half of the 13th century. The gold repairs were made later when the vase was in Japan. (source).
I remember reading about this a few months back. The technique is called Kintsugi. This quote really spoke to me:
“When the Japanese mend broken objects, they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold. They believe that when something’s suffered damage and has a history it becomes more beautiful.”― Barbara Bloom