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Eliseo Sala
Eliseo Sala, Portrait of a lady from Lombardy, 1840s, oil on wood




The lady seems to be portrayed in a moment of surprise, immortalised from behind to emphasize on the neckline. It can be ascribe to Eliseo Sala, one of the most talented painter in Milan in the half of the 19th century. It can be dated to the 40ies thanks to the pictorial technique that reminds of the one of his Self Portrait held in Brera dated 1843, to the brightness of her skin and to the posiition of the hand that can confronted with the Portraits of Ernesta Bisi Legnani,1843, and of Angiola Rebecchi, 1847, both of them in private collection. Eliseo Sala was a scholar of Sabatelli at the Accademia of Brera but he also studied in Venice, where he was on the 1837, and in Rome, where he became friends of Francesco Coghetti. From the 1849, due to the Austrian control of Milan, he moved to Torino thanks to a relative of his wife who worked in the magistrature of the Savoia court. However, he never lost his contacts in Lombardy, becoming one of the most requested portraitist together with Hayez and Molteni. He was appreciated by the aristocracy, like the Dukes Litta or the Savoia, and by important people like Camillo Benso Count of Cavour and the Manzoni family. He was probably introduced in the portrait painting by his mother family, the Delmati, who had in their collection examples made by the most important artists of the time (his mother was portrayed by Giuseppe Bezzuoli). He participated in lots of academic competitions and in the Exposition Universelle of the 1855.


  • Creator
    Eliseo Sala (1813 - 1879)
  • Creation Year
  • Dimensions
    Height: 16.54 in. (42 cm)Width: 13.39 in. (34 cm)
  • More Editions & Sizes
    with frame, 50 x 48.5 cmPrice: $21,835
  • Medium
  • Period
  • Condition
    The painting is in very good condition, showing just few very small retouchings mostly based on the top left corner and on the dress. The pictorial layers are very well preserved and compact, with ho sign of fall.
  • Gallery Location
    Florence, IT
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU124026472552

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