Portrait of Rachele Bertolaja

Ferdinando Brambilla1889

Ca’ Granda – Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico

Ca’ Granda – Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico
Milan, Italy

Rachele Bertolaja (died February 19, 1889), on the death of her husband Antonio Morandi, which took place in 1885, makes a conspicuous donation to the Maggiore Hospital asking that both her portrait and that of her spouse be performed. The hospital commission instructs Cesare Tallone to carry out that of the deceased. The portrait of the benefactor is commissioned to Ferdinado Brambilla, who uses a photograph as a model, and depicts her in widow's clothes, with a photo listed as mourning in her hand.


  • Title: Portrait of Rachele Bertolaja
  • Creator: Ferdinando Brambilla
  • Creator Lifespan: 1838/1921
  • Date Created: 1889
  • Location Created: Milano
  • Physical Dimensions: h 218 x w 120 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: oil
  • Art Genre: Portrait
  • Support: canvas
  • Inv.: Ritratti 000304

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