A: Usually as stereotypical con men or the pressurised anti-heroes of playwrights e.g. Arthur Miller's 'Death of a salesman ' or David Mamet screen play for the film " Glengarry Glenross".
These are great works of art in their own way, but not perhaps particularly positive or joyous.
So here are three rather happier salespeople portrayed by the world of visual arts - classical painting- whose stories and portraits will uplift you.
|The Poster Boy for the Royal Academy early 2015 Show |
Painting "The Tailor " ( Il Tagliapanni)
by Giovanni Battista Moroni 1520/4-1579
No 1 Il Tagliapanni
This man has been described as a tailor since the mid 17th century.
The most famous of Moroni's portraits; it was already celebrated in the 17th century, when it was in the Grimani collection in Venice.
|Postcards of other Portraits by Moroni -|
Prospero Allesandri (left)
and Gian Geralamo Grumelli (the man in Pink) right
My observation of the painting is that, the shrewd look of 'Il Tagliapanni' is actually one of a salesperson’s discernment.
This is pure conjecture but it might explain his expensive clothes. They are not the daily working clothes of a tailor of those times.
His direct look towards we viewers is perhaps to prospective customers.
Does the prospect 'know their threads'?
What ranges of cloths might best suit their pocket?
Can they afford it?
What’s their credit rating?
|Moroni's tailor back in its home at the National Gallery. |
Well worth a visit if you are in London
Why not fix your eyes on Il Tagliapanni
and try to read what is going on
in his head as he looks back at you.
|The sketch on tiled wall of the subway (underground walkway)|
Trafalgar Square to Charing Cross tube station
No 2 Sweet Nellie
One of my heroines has to be Nell Gwynne.
Her story is a great one of rags to riches and we know she had great selling skills.
The Actress and long time mistress of King Charles II (1630- 1685) is known early in her life to have worked with her sister Rose for a certain Mary Meggs aka "Orange Moll" .
Orange Moll had been granted the licence to
Portrait by Simon Verelst 1644-1710
The playwright John Dryden supplies with several saucy and bustling parts ideally suited to her talents.
She had two sons by the King. The elder was created Duke of St Albans.
She is said to have been remembered by the King on his deathbed with the words " Let not poor Nelly starve".
This unusually revealing pose suggests that this portrait was for a private location and was commissioned by one of Nell's lovers perhaps even the King.
No 3 The Shrimp Girl
The Shrimp Girl 1704/5
The subject is a vendor who carries shellfish for sale in a basket balanced on her head. The basket also holds a half pint measure. The picture may have been sketched from sight and never intended to have the detailed finish of his more formal works.
"They say he could not paint flesh. There is flesh and blood for you."
"The countenance is the portrait of the soul, and the eyes mark its intentions."
Marcus Tullius Cicero
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