Portrait of a Woman

Jean Baptiste Defernex (French, c. 1729-1783)1759

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

The precise rendering of the costume and the unique facial features of the woman indicate this work is a true portrait, although the sitter has yet to be identified.

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  • Title: Portrait of a Woman
  • Creator: Jean Baptiste Defernex (French, c. 1729-1783)
  • Date Created: 1759
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall: 39.3 x 24.6 x 14.7 cm (15 1/2 x 9 11/16 x 5 13/16 in.); without base: 31.5 cm (12 3/8 in.)
  • Provenance: Galerie de Bayser & Strolin (Paris, France), sold to Severance and Greta Millikin, Severance Millikin (1895-1985) and Greta Millikin (1903-1989), upon his death, retained by Greta Millikin, Greta Millikin (1903-1989), upon her death, held in trust by the estate., Estate of Greta Millikin, by bequest to the Cleveland Museum of Art., The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1989.155
  • Medium: terracotta
  • Inscriptions: Signed on cut of left proper arm: "p[ar?] j. B, F, Defernex 1759"
  • Fun Fact: Jean Baptiste Defernex was known for keeping things more natural in his sculptures of people—#nofilter!
  • Department: European Painting and Sculpture
  • Culture: France, 18th century
  • Credit Line: Bequest of Mrs. Severance A. Millikin
  • Collection: Sculpture
  • Accession Number: 1989.155

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