“Louisa in the Outdoor Studio, Anticoli Corrado,” oil on canvas,
William E. B. Starkweather, 1912.
William Starkweather poses Louisa as a classical nymph in a garden with warm, dappled sunlight coming through the trees. The scene also recalls the classical myth of Pygmalion falling in love with his model Galatea. Starkweather (1876-1969), an American Impressionist, painted in Italy in 1911-12 and 1925. The artist’s signature on the back of the canvas identifies the place where it was painted as Anticoli Corrado, an artists’ colony northeast of Rome. Starkweather’s love of the Italian landscape is shown in other paintings of Fiesole, Siena, and the medieval towers of San Gimignano.