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Josef Grassi-Attrib. "Countess Domicella Mostowska-Siekierzynska", Large Oil Miniature, late 1780s
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Illegibly titled on verso "Lady Ginsborough" (obviously meaning Lady Gainsborough), this large miniature on copper is in reality a portrait of Polish noblewoman, Countess Domicella Mostowska, nee Siekierzynska (ca.1760-1826). In the "online" portrait collection of Austrian National Library we found a photograph of a mezzotint (see image nr.7) made in 1790 by Vienna engraver Pichler after the painting by (then also living in Vienna) famous portraitist Josef Grassi (as we will see below, he went to Poland in the same 1790, which means that the oil portrait (surely made earlier as the mezzotint) was created in Vienna, latest in 1789). Our painting is probably an author's own replica of the larger portrait, which was repeated in mezzotint.
Josef (Giuseppe) Grassi was born ca 1758 in an Italian family de Grassi, which lived in Vienna from the 17th century. In 1768, aged ten (!), he began studying at the Vienna Academy, and very soon achieved great success, especially among women, as a skilled portraitist, miniaturist and later as painter of larger portraits in oil. In 1791 Grassi was admitted as member to the Vienna Academy for his portrait works. Already in 1790, though, he moved to Poland. In Warsaw, on the recommendation of J.-B. Lampi, he got the vacancy of a painter at the court of the Polish King Stanislaus August II. In 1793, upon Lampi's return to Vienna, Grassi advanced to the favorite portraitist of Polish court and high aristocracy.
Condition: Good condition, in original frame.
Creation Year: late 1780s
Measurements:UNFRAMED:15,3x12,6cm/6,0x5,0in FRAMED: 23,0x20,3cm/9,1x8,0in
Object Type:Framed oil painting
Style: Old master paintings
Technique: oil on copper (oval)
Creator: Josef Grassi
Creator Dates: ca. 1758 Vienna-1838 Dresden
Nationality:Austrian / German
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