Happy Birthday Xavier Mellery!! The Symbolist painter and illustrator was born today in Belgium, in 1845, the son of a gardener at the Royal Palace at Laeken. He was a student at Brussels Academy of Fine Arts for many years, and then traveled to Italy to study the Renaissance masters. Although not well known, I did manage to find out a little information about the artist. His paintings are primarily intimate, mystical searches for true meaning or an attempt to get to the essence of his subjects. I particularly love the painting below: Letting Out Secrets, graphically illustrating the web we weave when we reveal a secret!