Piattoli’s portrait as a young woman, Uffizi deposits

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”I paint myself, for that is what I know best,” Kahlo wrote. Piattoli, centuries prior agreed! When studying an artist, it is essential to understand how they portrayed themselves over the course of their careers. Women in Florence often introduced new ‘shocking’ elements in their Florentine portraits. Elisabeth Vigee Le Brun’s extremely successful Uffizi self-portrait caused a scandal because the artist showed her (gasp!) teeth and Luisa Grace Bartolini bent ‘the rules’ by portraying herself as…old. This more classic self-portrait by Anna Piattoli is in storage at the Uffizi. The artist’s younger version of herself is in deep contrast with her more famous 1776 portrait, where the artist is older and decidedly more resigned-looking.