Il Dolce Far Niente (1860) by William Holman Hunt

Il Dolce Far Niente - William Holman Hunt - 1860

Artwork Information

TitleIl Dolce Far Niente
ArtistWilliam Holman Hunt
MediumOil On Canvas
Dimensions39 x 32 1/2 in (99 x 82.5 cm)

About Il Dolce Far Niente

Il Dolce Far Niente, which literally means “pleasant leisure,” is a magnificent Pre-Raphaelite oil on canvas painting created by William Holman Hunt in 1866. The artwork depicts a sensuous scene of a woman reclining and plucking feathers from a fan. It portrays the idea of taking pleasure in idleness, celebrating the value of relaxation and rest.

One fascinating aspect of the painting is the mirror in the background, reflecting both the physical surroundings and emotional state of the woman. William Holman Hunt spent a lot of time and effort rendering details of texture and surface in his work, such as wood grains, drapery folds, and delicate feathers.

Initially using his fiancée Annie Miller as a model for this masterpiece; however, he later replaced her face with that of his wife Fanny. Il Dolce Far Niente was exhibited by William Holman Hunt in 1867 and sold quickly. As part this artist’s auction performance tracked today still makes reference to this artwork.

This Pre-Raphaelite painting continues to be admired for its exquisite detail work even more than one-hundred-fifty years after being created. Reproductions are also available for purchase through JBenArts so that admirers can enjoy it anywhere they want.

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