Elin Danielson-Gambogi's Self-Portrait is a work of great self-confidence. The painting shows the artist in her studio, holding a palette and brush. The light streams through the curtain in front of the window and creates a halo around the artist's head. Self-Portrait was one of the largest paintings of its kind in Finnish art at the time. A travel grant to Paris helped Elin Danielson make the final decision to pursue an artist's career. At the age of 38 she married a young Tuscan artist called Raffaello Gambogi and settled in Italy in 1898. King Umberto III purchased a painting of hers in 1899, and she participated in the Venice Biennale that same year. Self-Portrait earned her a silver medal in Florence in 1900. With its chiaroscuro and self-assurance, it continues on a path set by Leonardo da Vinci, with a hint of her contemporaries Puvis de Chavannes and Whistler.


  • Title: Self-Portrait
  • Creator: Elin Danielson-Gambogi
  • Date Created: 1900
  • Physical Dimensions: w65.5 x h96 cm (without frame)
  • Inventory number: A I 760
  • Dimensions: 96 x 65.5 cm
  • Collection: Antell Collections
  • Type: Paintings
  • Rights: Ateneum Art Museum, Antell Collections, http://www.fng.fi/informationandresearch/photographicservice
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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