John Singer Sargent's Escutcheon of Charles V of Spain
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Escutcheon of Charles V of Spain
John Singer Sargent -- American painter 
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Watercolor and graphite on white wove paper
30.5 x 45.7 cm (12 x 18 in.) 
Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1915 15.142.11
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From: Dan Clarke  
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Date: Thu, 31 Oct 2002  

This work was done 1912 in Granada, Spain.   It shows simply the relief of the Escutcheon (breastplate) of the family of Charles V of Spain, and is considered one of their most celebrated watercolors by Sargent. 
Every review I've read describes it as "brilliant" and an exceptional work in watercolor architectural painting.   I think it's the greatest watercolor rendered by Sargent.  The use of warm yellows and ochre's coupled with lavender blue shadow work make it a truly dynamic piece of art. Sargent has taken a simple piece of relief and turned it into a spiritually compelling work of art. 



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