I have found the most 21st Century, 18th Century word ever. In the history of ever.
Who knew side eye wasn’t invented by Arnold of Diff’rent Strokes.
And perfected by Chloe and her disillusionment with a Disneyland announcement
No, it turns out shade has been thrown for many centuries, by the famous and infamous, and for enough days to have a portrait painted.
To look out of the corners of one’s eyes, to leer, to look askance. The cull cutty-eyed at us; the fellow looked suspicious at us.
Behold, the perfection and expression of historical side eye.
Portrait of a Young Lady, c 1500-10, Bartolomeo Veneto, National Gallery UK.
Violante, attributed to Palma Vecchio, c 1507-08.
A Woman, by Bernardino Licinio, 16th Century.
Portrait of a Young Lady by Federico Barocci, about 1600, Statens Museum for Kunst.
Frances Stuart, Duchess of Richmond, Windsor Beauties by Sir Peter Lely, 17th Century, Hampton Court.
A Young Lady with a Parrot, c 1730, by Rosalba Carriera, Art Institute Chicago.
Portrait of Marie Françoise Buron by Jacques Louis David, c. 1769, Private Collection, courtesy Jacques Louis David Complete Works.
Young Lady at Her Toilet Combing Her Hair by Johann Anton de Peters, 18th Century.
Portrait of a Young Woman in White by an anonymous artist in the style of Jacques Louis David, c. 1798, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
19th century English School Portrait of a Lady.
In a Roman Osteria (detail), 1866, Carl Heinrich Bloch.