Portrait of Antonietta Brandeis by Laura Capella

Portrait of a Lady

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Brandeis’ 1924 portrait, painted by Laura Capella, hangs in the Innocenti’s Benefactor’s room. A distinguished figure with features that denote strength of character, Brandeis was likely a women of ‘gumption‘. The following quote is tell-tale of her temperament: “I do not wish my corpse to be defiled by the usual toilette. Whatever state I am in I wish to be wrapped up in a shroud which also covers my face. I do not wish to give rise to those curious to see how ugly or how beautiful death is. I want my funeral to be very simple and without any flowers, but a Christian one, which I am with my entire soul.“