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Reynolds - Kitty Fisher J920722

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Filename: J920722.jpg

Size: 3790 x 4630 (17.3MB)

Date: 3rd April 2007

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Photo Library

Source: English Heritage Images

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Reynolds - Kitty Fisher J920722

KENWOOD HOUSE, THE IVEAGH BEQUEST, London. " Kitty Fisher as Cleopatra " by Sir Joshua REYNOLDS (1723 - 92)

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EDITORS COMMENTS
This stunning portrait, titled "Kitty Fisher as Cleopatra," is a masterpiece by the renowned English painter Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792). Captured in this exquisite 18th-century artwork is the allure and enigma of Kitty Fisher, a famous British courtesan of the time. The painting is currently housed at Kenwood House, part of the Iveagh Bequest in London, which is managed by English Heritage, now known as Historic England. Reynolds, a founding member of the Royal Academy, was a leading figure in the Georgian art scene. His skillful use of light and shadow, as well as his ability to capture the essence of his subjects, is evident in this portrait. Kitty Fisher, dressed in the regal attire of the Egyptian queen Cleopatra, exudes confidence and seduction. Her piercing gaze draws the viewer in, inviting them to explore the depths of her character. The painting's rich colors and intricate details transport us back to the opulence and sophistication of the Georgian era. The delicate folds of Kitty's robes, the intricate patterns on the wall behind her, and the subtle textures of her jewelry all contribute to the painting's visual appeal. The historical significance of this artwork extends beyond its aesthetic value. It offers a glimpse into the lives of the Georgian elite and the role of courtesans in high society. Kitty Fisher, with her beauty and charisma, was a popular figure in London's social scene, and this portrait serves as a testament to her enduring allure. This photograph, taken by the Historic England Photo Library, captures the essence of Reynolds' masterpiece, allowing us to appreciate the artistry and historical significance of "Kitty Fisher as Cleopatra" in its full glory.

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