1). A visit from the Old Mistress is a painting that depicts three women, one who is holding a child looking on with dread and perhaps even a bit of fear as the mistress walks into the room. It is concievable that the three woman and child are house slaves and the european woman is the wife of a slave owner. While the two women standing have fearful expressions on their faces, the woman who is sitting in the chair is avoiding eye contact all together.
2). There are a few elements and principles that contribute relevance to my theme. To start line, color, movement, and value are used to convey emotion in the African women and even the face of the child, although only partially visible you can see the innocence from the tilt of the head and the innocent look in her eyes. The change of color in the woman's clothing and that of the mistress also adds status of who is who. You can see from the african woman's colorful and flowing clothing that they may be subject to involuntary servitude while the mistress who wears all black with white ruffling displays a stiff and stern nature in appearance.