Portrait of a Lady as a Vestal Virgin

painting by the famous artist angelica kauffmann

All in flowing white and shyly hiding under a veil, this lovely lady’s portrait conveys a somewhat melancholy mood. Artist Angelica Kauffmann (1741-1807) perhaps captured this pretty lady just before her wedding day or other momentous time in her life. She holds an oil lamp in one hand and her veil in the other.

You can see more examples of this artist’s work as well as learn about who she was and how she would become one of the first woman artists included in the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture in our Angelica Kauffmann biography.