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Portrait of a Lady

Following his studies at the Munich art academy and in Rome during the 1850s, Franz Seraph von Lenbach became the most celebrated German portraitist of the late nineteenth century, practicing his craft primarily in Vienna and Munich. His sitters included the Austrian emperor Franz Joseph I and Otto von Bismarck, the diplomat who engineered the unification of Germany in 1871. The soft light, rich coloring, and fine rendering of detail in his works reveal the influence of the Italian Old Master painting that Lenbach had studied closely. Unfortunately, the identity of the sitter in the Eskenazi Museum of Art portrait has not been determined.

Franz Seraph von Lenbach
German, 1836‒1904
Portrait of a Lady
1895
Oil on canvas
32 9/16 x 25 ½ in. (82.7 x 64.8 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Felix Haurowitz, 81.75