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Beauty Unveiling Herself

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  • Title (object)

    • Beauty Unveiling Herself
  • Description

    Painting; portrait of a beautiful lady unveiling herself while dancing. The lady, gazing towards the ground, clutches her veil with both arms extended, revealing the lines and contours of the veil's fabric. A strand of beads hangs around her neck, while a sash is tied around both her waist and head. Void background. No inscription. Painted in gouache on paper.


  • School/style

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 17thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Width: 10 centimetres (Image within borders)
    • Height: 18 centimetres (Image within borders)
    • Width: 11.2 centimetres (Image including borders)
    • Height: 21 centimetres (Image including borders)
    • Width: 23.2 centimetres (Sheet)
    • Height: 32 centimetres (Sheet)
  • Bibliography

    • Stchoukine 1964 plate XCI bibliographic details
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  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Middle East

  • Registration number


Painting. General subject - portrait, figure. A beautiful lady unveiling herself. Painted in gouache on paper; also on paper (marble).

Painting. General subject - portrait, figure. A beautiful lady unveiling herself. Painted in gouache on paper; also on paper (marble).

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