Le Duc Uberto Strozzi

Media - 1968.18.7 - SAAM-1968.18.7_2 - 123529
Copied Romaine Brooks, Le Duc Uberto Strozzi, 1961, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the artist, 1968.18.7

Artwork Details

Le Duc Uberto Strozzi
Not on view
45 3839 14 in. (115.299.8 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of the artist
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
  • Occupation — other — aristocrat
Object Number

Artwork Description

Brooks met Uberto Strozzi, a descendant of the noble Renaissance Florentine family of art collectors and patrons, while living in Italy during World War II. In 1961, at the age of eighty-seven, Brooks returned to painting after nearly thirty years to produce this final portrait of her longtime friend. The simple, monumental composition of the sitter in profile view, the nuanced gray tonalities, and delicately layered paint continue the artist's lifelong commitment to creating strong and quietly elegant portraits in a spare visual style. The sketchiness of the surface, the duke's slightly slumped pose, and the blurriness of his expression suggest a poignant mood of faded privilege, remembrance, and old age.

The Art of Romaine Brooks, 2016