Seated Woman in a Classical Setting
Angelica Kauffmann (Swiss; British, 1741 – 1807)
Datelate 18th century
Mediumink and wash on laid paper
DimensionsSheet : 13 5/8 x 16 5/8 in. (34.61 x 42.23 cm)
Credit LinePurchased with funds donated by Judith Kingma '56 Hazelton
LabelAngelica Kauffmann ranks among the most prominent female European artists of the 18th century. She was born in Switzerland, but spent most of her life working in Italy, Austria and England. She was taught to paint at an early age by her father, who was also an artist, and had established her own professional studio by her late teens. In 1766, Kauffmann was invited to visit England by the wife of the British ambassador to Italy. She quickly made friends with some of Britain’s leading artists, and in 1768 was included as a founding member of the British Royal Academy of Arts. Kauffmann returned to Italy in 1782, where she remained active as an artist up to the time of her death in 1807. Kauffmann is best known as a portraitist and painter of scenes drawn from history, mythology, literature and scripture. The subject of this drawing has not been identified, but is probably one of the Greek or Roman goddesses who often appear in Kauffmann’s paintings.