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Portrait of the Countess Bentivoglio
 
16th Century
Ludovico CARRACCI
Born 1555 Italy, Died 1619
 
Portrait of the Countess Bentivoglio
[Ritratto della Contessa Bentivoglio]
c.1597-99
Oil on canvas
125 x 95 cm  [HxW]
Private Collection
 

The date 1589 is inscribed in Roman numerals under the graceful hand of this elegant Italian noblewoman. Ludovico Carracci, with his cousins Agostino and Annibale, reformed Italian art in the late 1500s with a return to classical imagery and techniques. Carefully observed, the white ruff, red skirt and deep black dress add drama to this refined portrait.

 
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