Head of an Italian Woman

Head of an Italian Woman

1847-1860

Jean-Léon Gérôme

(French, 1824-1904)

Oil on fabric

Framed: 60 x 51 x 6 cm (23 5/8 x 20 1/16 x 2 3/8 in.); Unframed: 44.5 x 36 cm (17 1/2 x 14 3/16 in.)

Bequest of Noah L. Butkin 1980.264

Description

Gérôme spent the years 1843 and 1844 in Rome, where this work was painted. The woman's severe expression and drapery recall ancient Roman statuary as well as the 19th-century belief that the essence of the antique could still be found amid the ruins and people of contemporary Rome.

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