Christina Column is at once both regal in her stature and disarmingly natural. She captures a relaxed sense of feminine grace that is unstudied and spontaneous—a glimpse of real life as seen through the artist’s eye. Richard MacDonald has drawn on his traditional use of drapery to both conceal, and reveal, her form. The illusion of draped fabric accentuates the form underneath, and adds a visual sense of dynamic tension as it enfolds her body. Richard MacDonald’s Christina Column occupies a contemporary place in the tradition of bathers that have fascinated artists from Rembrandt to Degas to Renoir.