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Caroline de Bassano, Marquise d'Espeuilles

John Singer Sargent

de Young Museum

de Young Museum

The force of the conventions of decorum and taste may clearly be witnessed in John singer Sargent’s glittering, life-sized society portrait "Caroline de Bassano, Marquise d'Espeuilles." Sargent’s painting of the marquise is designed to register her position in society as a titled aristocrat. However, in place of the imposing setting usually referenced in grand-manner portraiture, Sargent isolates the marquise in an undefined space, perhaps in order to render her beauty as timeless.

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  • Title: Caroline de Bassano, Marquise d'Espeuilles
  • Creator: John Singer Sargent
  • Physical Dimensions: 62 7/8 x 41 3/8 in. (159.7 x 105.1 cm)
  • Rights: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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