Portrait of a Woman, perhaps Artemisia or Lady with a Lapis Lazuli Bowl

Guido Reni

 
Portrait of a Woman, perhaps Artemisia or Lady with a Lapis Lazuli Bowl
4 0 c m
 
30cm
actual image size: 22cm x 27cm

Description

The subject may represent Artemesia, wife of Mausolus, the governor of Caria in Asia Minor. After the death of her husband, she mixed his ashes in liquid which she drank, making herself a living tomb. The story was used as a symbol of a widow's devotion to her husband's memory.

Image Details

Artist
 
Dimensions
 
734mm x 608mm
Medium
 
Oil on canvas.
Acquisition
 
Purchased 1961.
Accession Number
 
1961P30

© Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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