• Self-Portrait

    Artist:
    Kauffmann, Angelica Maria Anna Catharina. 1741-1807
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    76,5x63 cm

Kauffmann, Angelica Maria Anna Catharina. 1741-1807

Self-Portrait

Germany, between 1780 and 1785

In this elegant young woman in her low-cut dress, the hat with its silk band in the fashion of the time, with her curls falling softly around her shoulders, we see a woman of an uncommon fate. Angelica Kauffmann, who received no proper systematic education, thanks solely to her own talent and regular copying of the great masters, gained great success as an artist. That she was recognized by professionals is evidenced by her election as a member of the Academy of St Luke in Rome and particularly of the Royal Academy in London, where she was the sole female member. Kauffmann was famed as a portraitist, and both the oval form she selected for this self-portrait and the soft resonance of the pastel tones are characteristic of late 18th-century portraits. The attentive, intelligent gaze and barely noticeable smile which just plays at the corners of her mouth introduce that element of the personal which sets the painting apart from the general mass of female portraits at which the artist was so skilled. Kauffmann painted several self-portraits and this one dates to her stay in Rome.

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Self-Portrait

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Technique:

oil

Dimensions:

76,5x63 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1933; transferred from the Antikvariat All-Union Association; formerly in the Yusupovs' collection

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-7261

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