Given the number of paintings in the gallery, choosing just one wasn't an easy task. I went off the the National Gallery and printed some tours. The idea of personification interested me as I thought that it would be fun to use the analogies and vary them to a character.
I narrowed down from 6 paintings, to 4, then to a final 2, in an ostentatious X-Factor style showdown. I finally decided to go with Godfried Schalcken's "Allegory of Virtue and Riches".
On a visual level, I chose this painting because I enjoyed the richness of the blue in the woman's dress. I also love the way the tears are painted. I don't know whether the copper it is painted on, or the actual size of the painting makes it difficult to see, but it's very subtle. The story behind the painting is also a major reason I chose it.
Trying to decide on stories at the moment so I should be posting again, before this time next week.