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Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts
The double-chinned Amelia gazes out at us with an expression both placid and wary. She presents a fulsome figure in this upper torso portrait. Viewed as a simple shape, the shoulderless Amelia is a perfect cone. The dark fabric of her bodice and the ample folds of her sleeves add a weightiness and solidity to her person that the double-chins underscore. Her loose dark ringlets are caught up in the back and at the top of her head with strands of pearls. Tear-drop pearls adorn her earlobes. A single strand of fat choker pearls encircle Amelia's thick neck. Her face is plain. Horizontal pearl clasps either fasten or decorate her bodice front, giving her costume a slightly military look. A transparent length of fabric wraps her shoulders and is fastened below a hint of decolletage by a large gemstone. The circle frame around Amelia's image is decorated above by a raptor, perhaps an eagle, clutching a branch of leaves, perhaps from an orange tree. Centered and clustered below, we see a lyre, a book, a globe and an object perhaps used for embroidery or drawing (?) from which projects a small branch. The circular portrait rests upon a curving Baroque lintel and to our right, also on the lintel we see a shield.