The Seamstress

The Seamstress

Famous just as much for it’s titillation (no pun intended), as it’s artistic and historical significance, this depiction of Gabrielle d’Estrées and One of Her Sisters that hangs in the Louvre – Paris, had me looking at the secondary detail, the seamstress in the background, and the seemingly intended choice to make each subject left-handed.

I tried to replicate the tones of the original as much as possible with my color-balance not set for indoor fluorescence when I took the shot, but also felt that age had dimmed the vibrance in the actual painting, so I used my artistic licence to bring that back.


  • Aperture: ƒ/1.8
  • Camera: NIKON D700
  • Taken: 11 May, 2011
  • Exposure bias: -4/6EV
  • Focal length: 50mm
  • ISO: 500
  • Shutter speed: 1/50s

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