Alessandro Cittadini – Portrait of a Young Woman


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A highly accomplished portrait signed by the artist (bottom left). Watercolour on paper heightened with white and mounted.

Image: 14 5/8 x 10 1/4 in. (37.1 x 26 cm.)
Mount: 21 1/2 x 16 1/2 in. (54.5 x 42 cm.)


Cittadini is best known for his miniature portraits. In this painting the head, hands, and rug are finely executed with the point of a brush; close examination reveals some faint pencil underdrawings. Larger areas such as the dress, sofa, and background have been painted with broader strokes of the brush. The compelling features of the sitter make this portrait particularly attractive.


Cittadini, Alessandro (Italian 1820-1877)

Alessandro Cittadini was an accomplished Italian artist of the first half of the 19th century. He was mentioned as working ca.1820 in Rome, around 1850 in Genua, and in 1854-55 in Rotterdam. Works by him can be seen in the Museum of Bruxelles. In their book ” Antissier et le portrait miniature Romantique en Belgique “, published in 1998, Bodo Hofstetter and Philippe Plantage suppose the artist had lived a long time in Antwerp – numerous portrait miniatures of Antwerp’s residents were painted by him.