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Portrait of the Marquesa De Belas

Miguel Ângelo Lupi1874

National Museum of Contemporary Art - Museu do Chiado

National Museum of Contemporary Art - Museu do Chiado

This portrait of an aristocrat hidden behind a veil of romantic melancholy, denounced by the end of her lips and corner of her mouth (as her hands are covered, our attention is focused on her face), the naturalness of her pose and detailed account of her clothing, is a significative, although involuntary approximation to a realist attitude.
This tonal painting, which the soft pink sets as a metaphor for the model, confers the piece an intimist lyricism which was quite uncommon. It is, without a doubt, one of the pieces that best describes an active demonstration of a romantic model by a realist sensibility and explores feelings of fascination and complicity.

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