A stunning portrait by an incredible female artist

A stunning portrait by an incredible female artist

3/8/2021, 4:26:57 PM
A stunning portrait by an incredible female artist. Portrait of Emma, Lady Hamilton as a Bacchante (c. 1790) was painted by Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun. It shows Emma, Lady Hamilton (1761–1815), an English model and actress. She married the British diplomat Sir William Hamilton, who was 34 years older than her. I can best describe it by citing from Vigee Le Brun's memoirs: "I then painted Madame Hart as a bacchante [one of the wild followers of Bacchus] reclining by the edge of the sea, holding a goblet in her hand. Her beautiful face had much animation… she had a great quantity of fine chestnut hair, sufficient to cover her entirely, and thus, as a bacchante with flying hair, she was admirable to behold." It is painted by the French artist Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun (1755-1842), who traveled all over Europe, and painted many famous members of the European upper class. In a time when there was little room for female artists, her talent, charm, and perseverance allowed her to develop a very successful career. She wrote down her experiences in her journals, which I can highly recommend if you are interested in the role of women in 18th and 19th centuries Europe, if you are interested in art history, or if you are just interested in a true story of life back in that day. This work was painted when Vigee Le Brun stayed in Naples, and we can see Mount Vesuvius in the background. #Art #Painting #Artwork #ArtHistory #HistoryofArt #OilPainting #OilonCanvas #FemaleArtist #FemalePainter #IWD #IWD2021 #VigeeLeBrun #FrenchArt #FrenchArtist #FrenchPainter #Portrait #Bacchante #Creative #Beautiful #Stunning #Incredible #Wonderful #Rococo #Neoclassicism #Liverpool

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