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Daniel Huntington
38 5/8 x 29 1/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum

This darkly alluring woman—set against a Tuscan landscape—is a muse of painting, an allegorical figure who evokes the artistic achievements of Raphael, Michelangelo, and Leonardo. American artists who studied in Italy, as Huntington did, emulated the past glory of ancient and Renaissance Italy, yet also believed that the New World would inherit a leading role.