This One, I Like!
Florentine artist Federico Andreotti’s usual painting style of “elaborate period dress and affected airs… sometimes described as Rococo Revival”  does NOT appeal to me in general. However, Gypsy Beauty, is undeniably captivating and is the creation of a talented artist.
Andreotti successfully captures the quiet joy of this dark haired beauty, her shy smile echoed in her deep brown eyes. With a neutral beige background highlighting her thick brunette curls, the portrait glows with the layered sunshine shades of her orange, yellow, and gold scarf. We are given no clues of the source of her happiness, but I can easily imagine a scenario to suit. 😊
Who is Federico Andreotti?
Born in Florence in 1847, Andreotti “became a well known fresco, tempera and oil painter …in Italy.“(ArtUK) He initially studied with Angiolo Tricca, Stefano Ussi, and at the Florentine Academy of Fine Arts, ultimately gaining appointment as professor at the Academy.
According to ArtUK, from 1879–1883 Federico Andreotti “lived in London and exhibited at the Royal Academy.” They continue:
“As well as being an accomplished fresco, tempera and oil painter of both realistic genre and aristocratic scenes, Federico Andreotti was also famous for historic drawings of Italian costumes of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.” (ArtUK)
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- Federico Andreotti
- GYPSY BEAUTY
- signed F. Andreotti (upper right)
- oil on canvas
- 18 1/2 by 14 3/8 in.; 47 by 36.5 cm.
- Privately owned
- Image Link: Wikimedia
Wikimedia Commons contributors, “File:Federico Andreotti – Gypsy Beauty.jpg,” Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=File:Federico_Andreotti_-_Gypsy_Beauty.jpg&oldid=291971491 (accessed January 4, 2019).
Wikipedia contributors, “Federico Andreotti,” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Federico_Andreotti&oldid=781657882 (accessed January 4, 2019).
ArtUK website, Haworth Art Gallery, https://artuk.org/discover/artworks/an-english-beauty-150816, (accessed 10 Jan 2019).
Thanks for Visiting! 🙂