German Miniature of Elderly Lady

  • This painting hails from an important collection of early 19th-century German miniature paintings
  • This medallion features a veiled elderly woman
  • Miniature paintings were commissioned by wealthy patrons and used as mementos
  • A mixture of portraits, landscapes and genre scenes were compiled in the original collection
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Item No. 31-3166

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This charming German miniature painting, created of oil on copper, depicts an elderly woman. Rendered by the portraitist with a quiet sensitivity, the veiled woman's wrinkled visage exudes a warmth and wisdom.

The art of the miniature spans over 400 years, finding popularity in the early 16th century when they first appeared in European courts. This miniature originates from a rare and remarkable collection of 12 German miniature paintings. These diminutive oil on copper masterpieces exhibit a level of intricacy few artists could achieve on such a small scale. The collection comprises portraits, landscapes and genre scenes, most likely executed by several artists of the German School in the early 19th century. Miniatures such as this were commissioned by important, wealthy patrons and often used as mementos of important life events. In the case of portraits, they served as a means to record an individual's likeness prior to the invention of photography in the 1840s. To find such a varied collection of this incredible quality is exceptional.

Circa 1820-30

Miniature: 3 3/8" diameter
Frame: 6 5/8" high x 6 5/8" wide x 1" deep
German Miniature of Elderly Lady
Period: 1816-1918
Origin: Germany
Type: Paintings
Diameter: 3.38 Inches
Depth: 1.0 Inches
Width: 6.63 Inches
Height: 6.63 Inches
German Miniature of Elderly Lady
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