31 Oct '17, 6pm

#WorldAuctionRecord for a self-portrait by the artist Vigée Le Brun selling for $1.5m #oldmasters https://t.co/B26L5i5cvk…

Following her flight from Paris in October 1789, Vigée Le Brun had lived in exile in Italy, passing quickly through Turin, Parma, Modena, and Bologna, before arriving in Florence in mid-November. Staying there less than two weeks, the artist moved on to Rome, then spent much of the next two years shuttling between Rome, Florence, and Naples (with side trips to Venice) as she studied the collections of the Uffizi and the Pitti and juggled her numerous portrait commissions. In April 1792, Vigée Le Brun left Rome with the intention of returning to Paris. However, worsening conditions in France – abolition of the French monarchy, violence in the streets of the capital, and the addition of her name to the list of émigrés whose citizenship would be revoked and properties seized – caused her to abandon her plan to return to her country. In Milan, the Austrian ambassador to Lombar...

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