The lady is sitting on an armchair, in a naturalistic attitude. Few but important details shows that she belongs to the aristocratic class: the fashionable dress, the hairstyle, the precious armchair and also the damask wallpaper. The pose and the setting and especially the style, are clearly inspired to Impressionism. Thus we can notice the brushwork, rapid and gentle, the unfinished colour layer, and obviously also the realistic reproduction which capture the moment like a picture. The idea of a photograph is emphasized by the expression of the lady, who seems smiling to someone out to the picture. This portrait can be read as a symbol of a positive society, looking forward the progress of Europe and trying to forget the difficult moments of the Italian Risorgimento wars.


  • Title: Portrait of a Young Lady
  • Creator Lifespan: 1832 - 1891
  • Creator Nationality: Italian
  • Creator Gender: male
  • Creator Death Place: Siena
  • Creator Birth Place: Asciano (Siena)
  • Date Created: 1880
  • painter: Amos Cassioli
  • collocation: Asciano, Cassioli Museum. XIXth century Sienese Painting, Province of Siena
  • Place Part Of: Province of Siena
  • Physical Dimensions: w116 x h133 cm
  • Artist Biography: Amos Cassioli was one of the most gifted pupils of Luigi Mussini, director of Sienese Art Institute in the late XIXth century and supporter of a purist ethic again the advent of realism. After his studies in Rome, where he was influenced by Villa Medici French painters, he started to execute intensely psychological portraits, particularly admired at that time. He also turned to depict large monumental scene, like the Battles in the Sala del Risorgimento in Palazzo Pubblico in Siena, before leaving to Florence. His son, Giuseppe, was also an eclectic painter, sculptor and architect.
  • Type: oil on canvas
  • Rights: Comune di Asciano; Istituto Statale d'Arte "Duccio di Buoninsegna"; Fondazione Musei Senesi, Fondazione Musei Senesi
  • External Link: Fondazione Musei Senesi

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