Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
Virgil and the Muse of Poetry
Angelica Kauffman, Swiss, 1741 - 1807
Pen and brown ink (possibly iron gall) with brush and brown and gray washes, heightened with white opaque watercolor, over traces of black chalk, on discolored beige laid paper, mounted down
Currently not on view
|The Muriel and Philip Berman Gift, acquired from the John S. Phillips bequest of 1876 to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, with funds contributed by Muriel and Philip Berman and the Edgar Viguers Seeler Fund (by exchange), 1984|
LabelOne of the rare internationally known women artists of her time, Swiss-born Kauffmann enjoyed a successful career in London, Rome, Florence, and Naples, not only as a portraitist but also in the intellectually more demanding field of historical and mythological painting. This drawing shows the Roman national poet Virgil-whose pastoral poems the Bucolics refer to his own rustic roots-at his farm with his beehives in the background.