A Neapolitan beauty is an oil on canvas portrait painting created by the French painter Etienne Adolphe Piot in 1872. Measuring 81 x 65.5 cm, the painting depicts a young woman from Naples. Piot was known for his portraits of young women and studied under Leon Cogniet in Paris. The painting belongs to a private collection and has been exhibited in various Paris Salons from 1850 to 1909. A Neapolitan beauty showcases Piot’s remarkable skill in capturing the beauty and elegance of his subjects, particularly young women.
Piot’s use of oil on canvas allowed him to create a realistic portrayal of the Neapolitan woman with great precision and attention to detail. The soft brushstrokes he used capture her delicate features, while her eyes draw the viewer in with their intensity. A striking feature of the painting is how prominently Piot has depicted her jewelry – particularly her earrings – which glisten against the black headscarf she wears over her hair.