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I’m Obsessed with This Artwork

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I’m Obsessed with the Doppelgänger of My Wedding Ring in This Holbein Painting
I thought the ring my husband proposed with was unique—until I took a close look at Hans Holbein the Younger’s Portrait of Erasmus of Rotterdam Writing (1523).
Karen Chernick
Dec 12, 2019
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I’m Obsessed with the Cheese in This Clara Peeters Still Life
Many Dutch still-life artists painted cheese, but none in such exquisite, hunger-inducing detail as Clara Peeters in “Still Life with Cheeses, Almonds and Pretzels.”
Cath Pound
Mar 11, 2020
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I’m Obsessed with This Strangely Beautiful Painting of Ed Sheeran by Jana Euler
Jana Euler’s incredible painting Shape of Painting, Summer Hit (2017) shows a grinning Ed Sheeran in extreme detail.
Scott Indrisek
Oct 14, 2019
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I’m Obsessed with the Pet Squirrel in This John Singleton Copley Portrait
The unusual pet in John Singleton Copley’s portrait of his stepbrother might not have phased 18th-century viewers but leaves this writer with many questions.
Sarah Dotson
Sep 10, 2019
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I’m Obsessed with the Solitary Figure in Noah Davis’s “Painting for My Dad”
The lone figure at the center of Noah Davis’s “Painting for My Dad” is a minuscule shape against the crushing weight of the painting’s dark hues.
Justin Kamp
May 20, 2020
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I’m Obsessed with the Absinthe in Toulouse-Lautrec’s “Monsieur Boileau at the Café”
I’ve kept a print of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s “Monsieur Boileau at the Café” in every kitchen I’ve ever had for the past decade.
Tommy Werner
Apr 22, 2020
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I’m Obsessed with the Latex-Clad Lady in This Wong Ping Video
While watching Wong Ping’s recent video “The Modern Way to Shower,” I was drawn to a mysterious woman wearing head-to-toe black latex named Ruby.
Alina Cohen
Feb 26, 2020
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I’m Obsessed with This Photo of Artist Zhang Huan Covered in Flies
Recently, as flies filled my Hong Kong apartment, I was reminded of 12 Square Meters, a 1994 performance in Beijing by the artist Zhang Huan.
Brady Ng
May 06, 2020
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I’m Obsessed with Saint Lucy’s Extra Set of Eyes in This Renaissance Painting
I recently stumbled across a bizarre detail in Francesco del Cossa’s Italian Renaissance altarpiece panel, Saint Lucy (c.1473/74).
Alexxa Gotthardt
Jan 15, 2020
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I’m Obsessed with This Tiny Detail in Rembrandt’s “Susanna”
The artist’s decision to depict the impression left from the naked, preyed-upon heroine’s stocking gives her humanity.
Julia Fiore
Aug 09, 2019
About the Series

“I’m Obsessed with This Artwork” is a series about the impactful visual details of artworks we can’t stop thinking about. In each essay, the writer homes in on a specific element of an artwork that grabbed their attention. Each piece explores how we think about and relate to art, and the way that works can take hold of us and keep us thinking—beyond the walls of a gallery or museum, and for years to come.

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