Head of an Old Woman

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Head of an Old Woman

circa 1778
Paintings
Oil on canvas
Canvas: 19 3/8 x 15 1/2 in. (49.21 x 39.37 cm)
Gift of MaryLou and George Boone (M.2010.46)
Currently on public view:
Ahmanson Building, floor 3 MAP IT
Ahmanson Building, floor 3

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Curator Notes

A member of the great family of Bolognese painters, and a brother of the famous Gaetano, Ubaldo Gandolfi is an artist of particular distinction....
A member of the great family of Bolognese painters, and a brother of the famous Gaetano, Ubaldo Gandolfi is an artist of particular distinction. Trained in Bologna, in the academic tradition established by the Carracci more than a century before his birth, Ubaldo brought that tradition to its apotheosis at the eve of Neo-Classicism. Famous for the soft poetry of his large compositions (as can be seen in LACMA’s Selene and Endymion, circa 1770), Ubaldo also explored the possibilities offered by the direct study of models. Toward the end of his life, Ubaldo painted several studies of aging subjects, both male and female, of which the painting offered by MaryLou Boone is a particular remarkable example. Fully reproduced in both black and white and colors in the most recent book on the artist (Donatella Biagi Maino, 1990), this Head of an Old Woman has been considered a masterpiece by the artist since its appearance on the international art market in 1987. Its acquisition by LACMA completes a remarkable group of works by the Gandolfis: a painting and several drawings by Gaetano, the large and already mentioned painting by Ubaldo, as well as drawings and a sculpture. (J. Patrice Marandel, The Robert H. Ahmanson Chief Curator of European Art)
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