Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Constantin Alajálov: Portrait of Jane Bourbon del Monte, Princess di San Faustino

My self-appointed trial as off-site guest curator to the Clark Art Institute's collection of original illustration art by Constantin Alajálov must now come to an abrupt end. Six of the Clark's works by this artist are easily-identified New Yorker cover pieces, one being a preliminary version. This seventh work, if it was published, is likely an interior illustration to some other magazine such as, perhaps, the Saturday Evening Post, with which Alajálov was associated. The sitter, Jane Bourbon del Monte, the Princess of San Faustino, was an American expatriate who was a formidable social presence on the Roman and Venetian social scenes. She is here dressed in her widow's garb, which she wore in some form for more than two decades.

Constantin Alajálov, Portrait of Jane Bourbon del Monte, Princess di San Faustino
The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

Princess di San Faustino

Note:  Perhaps some reader can identify where and when this illustration was published, or indeed whether it was published at all. Just let me know.

Previous posts about Constantin Alajálov can be found here.


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