L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e ~ D o s t o ï e v s k i

L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e  ~  D o s t o ï e v s k i

Monday, April 21, 2014

Unknown lady, unknown artist

I have no information on this portrait other than it's said to be Northern German, and by her attire I'd say it looks to have been painted circa 1770, -ish.  It's possible that's she wearing costume; the turban-like headdress and the lace trim on the front of her gown are certainly anachronistic.  Whatever the actual history of the piece, I find her wonderfully crude and charming.  And there must be a story behind that disconcerting gaze.

1 comment:

  1. It does have the look of a masque costume of some sort. Particularly the cross over bodice design is a hint. Also, by the 1770s using lace on the sleeve body itself had fallen out of fashion. Hmmmmmm, in-ter-est-ing!