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These two paintings, with their revealing titles, focus on a young woman clad in white – Beauty. The first painting depicts a virtuous choice of Beauty: she resolutely pushes aside Folly, portrayed as a sensual follower of Dionysus, and stands with the motherly Prudence. In the second painting, Beauty, having maintained her sensibility, is wreathed by the handsome youngster Perfection. The titles of the paintings were selected by Kauffmann herself; the characters are made even more recognisable through their attributes. For instance, there is a mirror in Prudence’s lap, which shows the true nature of things; there is also a bridle, which symbolises self-control and sensibility. The pair of paintings was commissioned by Ann Bryer, the widow of the English publisher Henry Bryer, who had the pictures engraved by Jean-Marie Delattre (1745–1840) and published them in 1783/84. The prints made Kauffmann’s Beauty and Prudence widely known and thus they became two of the best-loved subjects in 19th century applied art, particularly based on the products of a Vienna porcelain factory.

Angelica Kauffmann
Beauty Directed by Prudence Rejects with Scorn the Solicitations of Folly

 
Artist: Angelica Kauffmann (1741 - 1804)
Title: Beauty Directed by Prudence Rejects with Scorn the Solicitations of Folly
Date: Ca 1780
Technique:
Material:
oil
canvas
Height (cm): 65.5
Width (cm): 65.5
Description: These two paintings, with their revealing titles, focus on a young woman clad in white – Beauty. The first painting depicts a virtuous choice of Beauty: she resolutely pushes aside Folly, portrayed as a sensual follower of Dionysus, and stands with the motherly Prudence. In the second painting, Beauty, having maintained her sensibility, is wreathed by the handsome youngster Perfection.
The titles of the paintings were selected by Kauffmann herself; the characters are made even more recognisable through their attributes. For instance, there is a mirror in Prudence’s lap, which shows the true nature of things; there is also a bridle, which symbolises self-control and sensibility.
The pair of paintings was commissioned by Ann Bryer, the widow of the English publisher Henry Bryer, who had the pictures engraved by Jean-Marie Delattre (1745–1840) and published them in 1783/84. The prints made Kauffmann’s Beauty and Prudence widely known and thus they became two of the best-loved subjects in 19th century applied art, particularly based on the products of a Vienna porcelain factory.
Related categories: Foreign Art
Copyright notice: Art Museum of Estonia
AME collection: Foreign paintings collection
Collection number: VM 313
File info: Source type: digital photography
File type: TIF
File size: 22.36MB
Resolution: 2714*2876px @ 300dpi
 
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