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

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1961P30
Collection:Fine Art Paintings and Sculpture
Date:1638 - 1639

Maker Information

Artist:Guido Reni - View biography for Guido Reni


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.

Purchased 1961.

Further Information

Production Period:17th century
School/Style:Old Master
Medium:Oil on canvas.
Material(s):Oil paint


Height:734 mm
Width:608 mm