Eye Candy for Today: Moritz Daniel Oppenheim portrait

Marriage Portrait of Charlotte de Rothschild, Moritz Daniel Oppenheim
Marriage Portrait of Charlotte de Rothschild, Moritz Daniel Oppenheim

Link is to zoomable version on Google Art Project; downloadable version on Wikimedia Commons; original is in the Israel Museum, Jerusalem.

This beautiful portrait by 19th century German painter Moritz Daniel Oppenheim is deliberately in the mold of Renaissaince portraits in many respects, but with a more modern and less formal pose.

I love the way the dark foliage is used to frame the woman’s face and shoulders to dramatic effect, and it’s interesting to compare this to an actual Renaissance portrait like Leonardo’s portrait of Ginevra de’ Benci that uses a similar approach.

5 Replies to “Eye Candy for Today: Moritz Daniel Oppenheim portrait”

  1. I love the smoking volcano in the background. It looks like Vesuvius with the Bay of Naples next to it. I wonder whether she was married in Naples. Otherwise, why would the artist add that detail?

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