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May 4, 2011

The Young Woman of Albano (L’Albanaise)

JAMA. 2011;305(17):1737. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.448

Loosely associated with the Barbizon school of painting, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (1796-1875) transcended labeling or stratifying into one particular creative style. Corot blended elements of Romanticism, plein air painting, classicism and Neoclassicism, and, later, figure painting (JAMA cover, March 14, 2007). Since Corot was born into a merchant family, and received an income that allowed him independence as an artist—and not as the heir apparent of the business—he was able to travel after his art education. He made the most of his opportunities in Italy, for a full 3 years: he returned there 2 more times, in 1834 and 1843. These sojourns formed the basis for his studio paintings in later life, after gout limited his ability to voyage far from home. Clearly entranced by the jewels of Italian history and the countryside's beauty and bounty, Corot referred to his travel memories in works executed and exhibited up to his death in 1875.

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