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Isabella Teotochi Marini

Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun French

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In Venice, Vigée Le Brun reestablished contact with Dominique Vivant Denon, a diplomat, engraver, and member of the Académie royale, and at his request created this revealing portrait of his mistress, Isabella Marini. Using a relaxed style for a gift to a friend, she painted the work in service of a relationship she knew to be secret, creating a portrait that would fan the ardor of its owner.

Isabella Teotochi Marini, Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (French, Paris 1755–1842 Paris), Oil on paper, laid down on canvas

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