Allegory of Painting1764
This young woman with her palette and brushes is not seriously engaged in painting. Contemplating her reflection in a mirror held by a winged cupid, she is a personification of the self-conscious beauty that was then the goal of art. A mask attached to her headdress with a golden chain symbolizes the potentially misleading view of reality that art can convey even when appearing to imitate nature. Corvi's buoyant, cheerful forms are close to those of French rococo art of the period. For more information on this painting, please see Federico Zeri's 1976 catalogue no. 426, pp. 536-537.
- H: 23 13/16 x W: 28 7/8 in. (60.5 x 73.3 cm)
- oil on canvas
- Courtesy of the Walters Art Museum
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