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19th-century French School Portrait Of A Female Saint At Prayer


£1,995 | $2,656 USD | €2,260 EUR
Item Number: SA717631
Date of manufacture: 19th Century
Current Status: For sale
Seller: Brave Fine Art
This antique has been viewed 18 times in the past month with the most views from France.


A fine 19th-century French school portrait of a female saint at prayer. Shes wearing a green robe and looking up to the heavens with a tender expression.
The portrait is unsigned but clearly by an academy-trained hand. The details are exquisite, particularly around the face, and it has a touch of chiaroscuro, which references much older works.
Oftentimes, portraits of this nature are copies of renaissance or baroque originals but were unable to find another version. Its also interesting to note the unconventional look of the subject - shes beautiful but not in a traditional way (e.g. how an old master would envisage a female saint).
So with this in mind, perhaps the creator has been influenced by the approach of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood who were working around the same time. The Pre-Raphaelites shrugged off the conservative conventions of the past and sought to bring real-life into their creations. Modern figures were juxtaposed with ancient symbolism.
Alternatively, could this be a commission by someone seeking to reference their religious views? For example, in the 17th-century, Catherine of Braganza (1638-1705) was depicted as Saint Catherine by Jacob Huysmans (1633-1696) to reference her devotion to Catholicism.
We may never know the true story but this only adds another layer of intrigue and mystery to this beautifully rendered painting.
Medium: Oil on canvas
Overall size: 23 x 29 / 59cm x 73cm
Year of creation: c. 1870
Provenance: France
Condition: Very presentable. Canvas relined and stretchers replaced.
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This item is antique. The date of manufacture has been declared as 19th Century.


Height = 73 cm (28.7")
Width = 59 cm (23.2")
Depth = 1 cm (0.4")

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