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Maria Malibran (1808–1836)

Photo credit: Royal Academy of Music

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This portrait depicts Maria Malibran (1808–1836), turned to the right, half-length, wearing a plum-coloured dress with ermine collar, off the shoulder, and a green shawl with patterned trim. Her hair is parted in the centre and swept back and upwards, and she is unadorned with jewellery. Behind and on the left is a blue-patterned heavy curtain. The artist appears to have been visually influenced by Raphael's 'La Donna Velata' (1516), including the hair, gaze and clothing.

Royal Academy of Music



19th C


oil on canvas


H 74 x W 59 cm

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Royal Academy of Music

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