Young italian woman by Adolphe Piot

Young italian woman - Adolphe Piot -

Artwork Information

TitleYoung italian woman
ArtistAdolphe Piot
Dimensions64.8 x 53.3 cm
Art MovementAcademicism
Current LocationPrivate Collection

About Young italian woman

The artwork titled “Young Italian Woman” is a refined oil on canvas portrait by the artist Adolphe Piot. This painting is an exemplar of the Academicism movement, characterized by its adherence to traditional forms and techniques. Measuring 64.8 cm by 53.3 cm, the artwork captures the essence of portraiture with a focus on the beauty and expression of the subject. It currently resides within a private collection, not on public display.

The artwork depicts a young woman with a serene and contemplative expression. She is adorned in a customary Italian attire, with a white garment that drapes loosely around her shoulders, and a delicate headpiece crowns her head. The woman’s gaze is soft yet engaging, with her chin resting gently upon her hands in a thoughtful pose. A stark contrast exists between the dark, subdued background and the luminosity of her skin and clothing, a technique often utilized to draw the viewer’s attention to the subject.

Notable in the painting is the meticulous attention to detail in the rendering of textures, from the softness of the skin to the crispness of the fabric. The artist’s skill in capturing the soft modelling of the woman’s face is complemented by the vibrant touch of color in her red lips and cheeks, as well as the gold of her earrings, which add a warm glow to the composition. An isolated yellow flower with a hint of green foliage lies upon the table in the foreground, suggesting a narrative element or a symbol pertinent to the subject’s story or character. The harmonious blend of realism and idealization in this portrait is representative of the aesthetic values upheld during the Academicism period.

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