(b. 1849, Venezia, d. 1887, Venezia)

Eighteenth-Century Venetian Lady

Oil on canvas, 97 x 63 cm
Museo d'Arte Moderna, Ca' Pesaro, Venice

The artist has isolated one figure from his studies of eighteenth-century Venetian society and immortalised her in an idealised portrait. The vigorous brush strokes of the dress contrast with the neutral background, conferring an elusive grace of the woman, whose face is hidden in the bold lost-profile view.