Francesco Paolo MICHETTI (Tocco di Casauria 1851 - Francavilla al Mare 1929)

The Head of a Young Woman in Profile (Portrait of Annunziata Cirmignani) Sold

Charcoal and black chalk, with stumping, on buff paper, with framing lines in black chalk.
Signed FP Michetti at the lower left.
Numbered 87 at the lower right.
470 x 367 mm. (18 1/2 x 14 1/2 in.) [image]
491 x 385 mm. (19 3/8 x 15 1/8 in.) [sheet]

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This splendid drawing is a portrait of Michetti’s future wife, Annunziata Cirmignani. The artist met Annunziata, then aged thirteen, when he left Chieti and settled in Francavilla al Mare in 1878, and the two were married ten years later. Annunziata appeared in many of Michetti’s pastel and chalk portraits from 1878 onwards. A closely related pastel and gouache version of the present composition, whose current whereabouts are unknown, is illustrated in an early monograph on the artist’s work.

A stereoscopic photograph taken by Michetti of Annunziata wearing the same distinctive hoop earrings and seen in profile to the left, datable to c.1881-1883, is in the collection of the Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica in Rome. The same earrings also appear in a number of pastel portraits of Annunziata by Michetti.

Francesco Paolo MICHETTI

The Head of a Young Woman in Profile (Portrait of Annunziata Cirmignani)

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