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Portrait of a Woman

An X radiograph of this portrait reveals a compositional change invisible to the naked eye: the elimination of an elaborate blue drape that initially hung from the sitter's right shoulder and wrapped around her waist. It is impossible to say if the change was made at the sitter's request or was the decision of Robert Feke alone. Self-taught and remarkably talented, the Long Island-born Feke excelled at describing the rich satins and laces that served to demonstrate the wealth and status his sitters.

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