Art Of The Day


On This Day in 2000, Santana's "Maria Maria" was #1 in the Billboard Charts. Take a look at a Maria from our collection while you listen to this musical memory.

The Maria pictured here was Maria Olsen, as etched by Swedish artist Anders Leonard Zorn. 

One of Sweden’s foremost portraitists, Zorn rejected the artificiality of the studio in favor of environments that felt natural for his models. Zorn captured the likeness of many prominent figures of his day, including William Howard Taft and Grover Cleveland. While his depictions of statesmen, socialites, and cultural luminaries all communicate a certain gravitas, Zorn also managed to capture a spark of genuine personality.

What song do you think Maria is playing in this image?


Anders Leonard Zorn

Maria Olsen

, 1919
Etching, 13 1/4 x 16 1/2 in. (33.66 x 14.91 cm)
Gift of Owen and Leone Elliott, 1968.207