Exhibitions: Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties

Joseph Stella: The Amazon

For all of its ties to the Italian Renaissance profile portraits that Joseph Stella deeply admired, The Amazon more immediately evokes American movie goddesses and the glamorous exemplars of American fashion featured in ubiquitous magazine ads. Building on two earlier portrait drawings of a sensuous young woman named Kathleen Millay, Stella created this profile superportrait, which he later described as an homage to the “beauty and efficiency” of American womanhood and her “conquests obtained in every domain.”