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Toilet of a Roman Lady

Simeon Solomon1869/1869

Delaware Art Museum

Delaware Art Museum

In this painting, a beautiful, if somewhat Amazonian, woman is attended by three equally attractive servants. The setting is clearly classical in inspiration. Solomon visited Italy and Pompeii in 1867, and much of the interior may be based on an actual Pompeian fresco.

Solomon fully embraced the beauty-worship and decadence of the Aesthetic Movement. The androgynous quality of the central figure is entirely in keeping with the philosophy of the Aesthetes as well as with Solomon’s own preferences.

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Details

  • Title: Toilet of a Roman Lady
  • Date: 1869/1869
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings: SS 1869 (LRC)
  • Physical Dimensions: w38.25 x h44 in (Complete)
  • Painter: Simeon Solomon
  • Credit Line: F. V. du Pont Acquisition Fund, 1989
  • Provenance: Photograph and digital image © Delaware Art Museum. Not for reproduction or publication.
  • Type: Paintings
  • Rights: Photograph and digital image © Delaware Art Museum. Not for reproduction or publication.
  • External Link: http://emuseum.delart.org:8080/emuseum/view/objects/asitem/items$0040:1543
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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