THE FIGURE:

Bougeureau's Ètude: Tete de Jeune Fille, 1898 is in painted in his typical realist style.  I chose this figure because she seems, like Sicily and my mother, a paradox. She is innocent and naive with an underlying sadness that comes with life experiences. 

THE BACKGROUND:

 

Wat Uposatharam, Thailand

Fresco: The Lives of Buddha

These murals are found in the Ordination Hall of the Wat Bot temple in Thailand. They depict the legend of Lord Buddha from his birth until his death. They were painted during the Rattanakosin Era.