A Neapolitan beauty (1872) by Adolphe Piot

A Neapolitan beauty - Adolphe Piot - 1872

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TitleA Neapolitan beauty
ArtistAdolphe Piot
Dimensions81 x 65.5 cm
Art MovementAcademicism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About A Neapolitan beauty

The artwork “A Neapolitan beauty,” created by Adolphe Piot in 1872, is an oil painting on canvas exemplifying the Academic art movement. The portrait measures 81 x 65.5 cm and is housed in a private collection. As a genre work, it portrays a figure representative of Neapolitan femininity and charm, characteristic of the period’s fascination with idealized beauty and local costumes.

The artwork depicts a young woman dressed in traditional Neapolitan attire, which highlights her beauty as perceived through the lens of the 19th-century European aesthetic. Her gaze appears to be directed slightly upward and to the side, as if caught in a moment of reflection or distraction. The lighting skillfully illuminates her face and the delicate textures of her clothing, from the lustrous sheen on her blouse to the rich, vibrant tones of her corset and skirt.

Her head is adorned with a white scarf framing her face and complementing her dark hair, adding an element of innocence and modesty to her appearance. The painter’s use of chiaroscuro enhances the three-dimensionality of the figure, giving a tangible sense of her presence. The soft, muted background allows the figure to command center focus, accentuating her embroidered blouse, cinched waist, and the sumptuous fabrics of her clothing, while there is a gentle yet confident expression conveyed through her composed features and direct, yet softly engaging, gaze.

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