A quintessential 1920s portrait, Luigi Lucioni’s magnetic likeness of Paul Cadmus (1904–1999) presented the budding painter as a polished advertising artist. It also celebrated the shared passion of two young moderns for the ideal forms of Italian Renaissance art, particularly the paintings of Piero della Francesca. Sitter and subject had probably met as students, and they doubtless shared acquaintances within New York’s circles of gay artists and writers. Within a modern close-up format, Lucioni flawlessly outlined and modeled his sitter’s head against the backdrop of a creased, white cloth and captured a gaze that is at once tentative and mesmerizing.
- Artist: Luigi Lucioni, American, born Italy, 1900-1988
- Medium: Oil on canvas
- Dates: 1928
- Dimensions: 16 x 12 1/8 in. (40.6 x 30.8 cm) Frame: 20 3/8 x 16 1/2 x 2 in. (51.8 x 41.9 x 5.1 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Signed upper right: "L. Lucioni 28"
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in American Identities: A New Look, Modern Life, 5th Floor
- Accession Number: 2007.28
- Credit Line: Dick S. Ramsay Fund
- Rights Statement: Orphaned work
- Caption: Luigi Lucioni (American, born Italy, 1900-1988). Paul Cadmus, 1928. Oil on canvas, 16 x 12 1/8 in. (40.6 x 30.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 2007.28
- Record Completeness: Best (83%)