Carla Bruni Portrait
How does this portrait of charm bombshell Carla Bruni, the French First Lady, grab you? It's obvious she's a vast improvement on Margaret Thatcher as first lady's go, but the work fails to capture either her charm or her beauty. Pal Sarkozy - the French PM's dad - did the painting and Werner Hornung digitized it. The blurb (title link) is garbled, but I gather the portrait has just gone on display in Valencia, Spain, in an exhibition entitled Out of Mind, 4 hands for 1 creation. One truly talented pair of hands would have been better. And surely a woman in Carla's position should aspire to something more productive than strumming a guitar and yodelling. What an example for French youth! It's like Nero fiddling while Rome burns.