Few artists could capture the anticipation painted here as the letter is opened. We immediately wonder the source and purpose of the letter and imagination takes hold of us. A gilt and emerald earing, a coral necklace, red sealing wax ,and a blue shawl highlight her image. Possibly our finest oil on canvas, this fine academic portrait is set in an excellent period frame.
Penned on the letter are the words in Italian, “Della mani di Angelica” or “By the hand of Angelica”.
H. 49″ x w. 40.5″ x d. 3.5″. 19th century
$14,000 for the sublime.