Portrait of Marchesa Marianna Florenzi by Joseph Karl Stieler
Portrait of Marchesa Marianna Florenzi by Joseph Karl Stieler

Portrait of Marchesa Marianna Florenzi

Portrait of Marchesa Marianna Florenzi c1831 by Joseph Karl Stieler (1781 – 1858); was a Neoclassical Portrait painter who worked as a royal court painter to the Bavarian Kings and who is known for the Gallery of Beauties at Nymphenburg Palace in Munich as well as his portrait of Ludwig van Beethoven, which he did 1820.

This is another beautiful portrait of Marianna Florenzi (1802 – 1870), which was done when she was 29 years old; who in her lifetime was an Italian Noblewoman and translator of philosophical works; she was also one of the first female students to study the natural sciences at the University of Perugia, Italy during the first half of the 19th Century.

This portrait has her sitting in an ornate golden chair and in the background is a compound square column to her right and to her left in the far distance are some trees on a plateau, set against a blue cloud filled sky.

She is wearing a red wine velvet off shoulder dress that has white lace trimming along the collar; and in her beautifully curled raven black hair is a gold chain headdress that terminates at her forehead with a large teardrop white pearl.

This is a retouched digital art old masters reproduction of a public domain image.

Info Below From Wikipedia.org

Joseph was born in the city of Mainz, Germany to a long-established family of engravers, punchcutters and die makers; receiving some artistic training from his father, August Friedrich Stieler (1736 – 1789).

After the untimely death of his father, Joseph Karl autodidactically completed his apprenticeship and began his career as a painter of miniatures, which were increasingly sought after by the bourgeois circles.

After Mainz had been occupied by French revolutionary troops in 1792, Stieler followed the expelled court of Prince-Archbishop Friedrich Karl Joseph von Erthal to Aschaffenburg.

Here he met with the later Archbishop Karl Theodor Anton Maria von Dalberg, who became his most important patron and sponsor.

From 1802 to 1805 he attended the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna in the master class of Heinrich Füger. Stieler’s portrait style was most especially shaped during his work in the Parisian atelier of François Gérard, a student of Jacques-Louis David.

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