"Mary stands on a crescent moon. Enveloped in mauve satin and blue velvet, hands prayerfully joined, she gazes with pensive beneficence down upon a dark pastoral landscape. Twelve twinkling stars circle around her head, and clouds irradiated by golden light billow behind her.
What is striking about this lovely picture painted by Diego Velázquez in 1618-19, when he was just about 20 years old, is Mary's face. Painted with Vermeerish, almost photographic verisimilitude, this pretty, long-haired, big-eyed girl with the pouty lips and small chin looks uncannily modern, like a teenager you could pass on the street. "
Photo: The National Gallery, London
mauve Show phonetics
adjective, noun [U]
(having) a pale purple colourbillow
━━ n., vi. 大波（を立てる）, 大きくうねる（もの）.
to spread over a large area, or (especially of items made of cloth) to become filled with air and appear to be larger:
Smoke billowed (out) from the burning building.
The sheets/shirts hanging on the line billowed in the breeze.
We watched the boats with their billowing sails.
noun [C usually plural]
billows of smoke