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    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_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
    • Record Completeness: Good (78%)
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    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 http://books.google.fr/books?id=X2Y1INhMlVoC&dq=albano+corot&source=gbs_navlinks_s ). 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



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