Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Painting of the Day: "Simplicity" by Hermann Winterhalter, 1843

Crown Copyright
The Royal Collection
via The Royal Collection Trust
Image Courtesy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

This painting, acquired by Queen Victoria for Prince Albert in 1843 is one of a set of four by Hermann Winterhalter, the brother of Franz Xaver Winterhalter--one of the most beloved painters of Victoria's court.  The set depicts the "Virtues."  This one shows "Simplicity."  The other three are "La Naïveté" "L’Innocence" and "La Pudeur"  

By all accounts, Her Majesty was pleased withe with the work of Hermann Winterhalter, even describing this particular work in her journal as being a, "very pretty painting."

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