Collections: European Art: The Young Woman of Albano (L'Albanaise)

  • 1st Floor
    Arts of Africa, Steinberg Family Sculpture Garden
  • 2nd Floor
    Arts of Asia and the Islamic World
  • 3rd Floor
    Egyptian Art, European Paintings
  • 4th Floor
    Contemporary Art, Decorative Arts, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art
  • 5th Floor
    Luce Center for American Art

On View: Hollow Head of a Crocodile

In the Old Kingdom (circa 2670–2195 B.C.) silver was more valuable than gold, but this grad...

Hiroshige's One Hundred Famous Views of Edo

Hiroshige's 118 woodblock landscape and genre scenes of mid-nineteenth-century Tokyo, is one of the greatest achievements of Japanese art.

    On View: Statuette of the Lady Mi Standing

    One of the finest wooden sculptures to survive from antiquity, this exquisitely carved figure of Lady Mi shows the elaborate wig and huge go...


    Want to add this object to a set? Please join the Posse, or log in.


    42.196_PS9.jpg 42.196_SL1.jpg CONS.42.196_1942_xrs_detail1.jpg CONS.42.196_1942_xrs_detail2.jpg

    The Young Woman of Albano (L'Albanaise)

    • Artist: Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, French, 1796-1875
    • Medium: Oil on canvas
    • Place Made: Europe
    • Dates: 1872
    • Dimensions: 29 3/16 x 25 13/16 in. (74.1 x 65.6 cm) Frame: 36 x 32 in.  (show scale)
    • Signature: Signed lower left: "COROT"
    • Collections:European Art
    • Museum Location: This item is not on view
    • Accession Number: 42.196
    • Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Horace O. Havemeyer
    • Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
    • Caption: Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (French, 1796-1875). The Young Woman of Albano (L'Albanaise), 1872. Oil on canvas, 29 3/16 x 25 13/16 in. (74.1 x 65.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. Horace O. Havemeyer, 42.196
    • Image: overall, 42.196_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2015
    • Record Completeness: Best (80%)
    advanced 110,591 records currently online.

    Separate each tag with a space: painting portrait.

    Or join words together in one tag by using double quotes: "Brooklyn Museum."

    Recent Comments
    18:20 10/10/2008
    one of the most important works for albania and the albanian nation: yes really very nice
    By Eljan Tanini
    10:32 06/13/2010
    The English title says "Woman from Albano", that is probably "Albano laziale" near Rome, a place where Corot went and painted many time, and not "an Albanian woman" or "a woman from Albania". The French name is double-meaning.
    By P.S.
    13:15 08/12/2010
    This might have been painted in Albano Lazio( which the name of this town is still in discusion where it came from going back in 336) but the "The women in the painting is an "Albanian Women" dressed in a "Traditional Albanian Outfit" As per the tittle "L'Albanaise" - if you translate it from italian means "ALbanian".
    21:31 08/16/2010
    How can you say it's an "albanian traditional outfit"? what you can see can be part of an italian oufit as well. "L'Albanaise" is no Italian, it's a French title, which can mean both "woman of Albano" and "woman of Albania"
    By P.S.
    20:21 08/18/2010
    Between 1870 and 1873 Corot painted a series of at least ten nearly life-size, half-length figures of young women in exotic dress. Why remains unclear: commercial demands, personal interests, or perhaps competition with such exoticizing, art historical giants as Delacroix and Rembrandt. Corot had a love of rich, exotic fabrics, and kept many examples as props in his Paris studio. The French model for the Brooklyn painting, whose name is not known, also posed for Corot's painting "Pensive Oriental" (Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, Vermont). Corot dressed his French muses, Emma Dobigny being one of his favorites, in Oriental costumes--Greek, Turkish, Algerian, and perhaps even Albanian. Both the Brooklyn and Shelburne pictures belonged to the great New York patrons of modern French painting, the Havemeyers, who often acquired related works by the same painter. I'm inclined at this point to change to title--in English only, of course--to The Young Woman of Albania, given that Albano (near Rome) was hardly regarded as exotic in 1872, particularly by the French, who had been sending their very best painters to the French Academy's satellite in Rome--on the king's dime--since 1663. (For more on this, see Prix de Rome.)
    By Rich Aste, Curator of European Art, Brooklyn Museum
    21:40 08/18/2010
    The model is said to be Miss Darmelas, a 15 year old girl from Paris, in "La vie et l'oeuvre de C. Corot" by J. Selz (also here ). He painted a lot of "scenery from Albano" and an "Italian woman from Albano". There is no indication that this picture is to depict an "Albanian woman" instead of a "Woman from Albano" (outside the model being in both cases a "mere" french model)
    By PS

    Please review the comment guidelines before posting.

    Before you comment...

    We get a lot of comments, so before you post yours, check to see if your issue is addressed by one of the questions below. Click on a question to see our answer:

    Why are some objects not on view?

    The Museum’s permanent collections are very large and only a fraction of these can be on exhibition at any given time. Sometimes works are lent to other museums for special exhibitions; sometimes they are in the conservation laboratory for study or maintenance. Certain types of objects, such as watercolors, textiles, and photographs, are sensitive to light and begin to fade if they are exposed for too long, so their exhibition time is limited. Finally, as large as the Museum is, there is not enough room to display everything in the collections. In order to present our best works, collections are rotated periodically.

    How do I find out how much an object in the Brooklyn Museum collections is worth?

    The Museum does not disclose the monetary values of objects in its collections.

    Can you tell me the value of an artwork that I own?

    The Museum does not provide monetary appraisals. To determine the value of an object or to find an appraiser, you may contact the Art Dealers Association of America or the American Society of Appraisers.

    I own a similar object. Can you tell me more about it?

    Please submit via e-mail a photograph of the object you own and as much information about it as you can, and we will provide any additional information we are able to find. Please note that research in our files is a lengthy process, and you may not have a response for some time.

    How would I go about lending or gifting a work to the Museum or seeing if the Museum is interested in purchasing a work that I own?

    Please submit via e-mail a photograph of the object you would like us to consider, as well as all of the information you have about it, and your offer will be forwarded to the appropriate curator. The Brooklyn Museum collections are very rich, and we have many works that are not currently on exhibition; because of this, and because storage space is limited, we are very selective about adding works. However, the collection has become what it is today through the generosity of the public, and we continue to be grateful for this generosity, which can still lead to exciting new acquisitions.

    How can I get a reproduction of a work in your collection?

    Please see the Museum’s information on Image Services.

    How can I show my work to someone at the Museum or be considered for an exhibition?

    Please see the Museum’s Artist Submission Guidelines.

    Why do many objects not have photographs and/or complete descriptions?

    The Museum's collection is very large, and we are constantly in the process of adding photographs and descriptions to works that do not currently have them, or replacing photographs that have deteriorated beyond use and descriptions that are minimal or out of date. This is a long and expensive process that takes time.

    How can I find a conservator or get advice on how to treat my artwork?

    Please visit the American Institute for Conservation, which has a feature on how to find a conservator.

    I have a comment or question which is not included in this list.

    Join the posse or log in to work with our collections. Your tags, comments and favorites will display with your attribution.