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Belladonna

© Copyright Alessandra Kelley

A woman in a blue dress, vaguely Napoleonic in style, her back to us, pulls back a red curtain to see two apparitions, ladies in fashionable 1840s dress, but ghostly and attenuated, on a balcony overlooking a night landscape

"Belladonna" is an egg tempera painting on panel.

A woman in a blue dress, roughly the style of 1810 or so, her back to us, pulls back a rich red curtain to see two apparitions, ghostly grey ladies wearing fashionable dresses of the 1840s, but attenuated and stretched out past human possibility, leaning on the railing of a balcony overlooking an eerily moonlit landscape.

The two unearthly ladies are based on portraits by Franz Xaver Winterhalter.

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