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Bust of a Woman

Artist: Friedrich von Amerling
(Vienna 1803 – 1887 Vienna)

Date: mid-19th century
Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 52.7 x 43 cm
Classification: painting
Inventory Number: 162.B
Department: Department of Art after 1800

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Bust of a Woman

Amerling was staying in Rome when the emperor Francis recalled him to Vienna in 1832 in order to commission a representative portrait from him. Subsequently, he became a successful portraitist to the Viennese court and to the monarchy's aristocracy. Due to the detailed richness and refined accuracy of his portraits he became a model for one of the popular artistic genres of Biedermeier. Compared to his representative portraits of the aristocracy, this Portrait of a Woman shows a more informal rendition, with a less standoffish pose.