Cymon and Iphigenia
Artist DetailsName: Angelica Kauffman
Birth: 1741 Death: 1807
Artwork DetailsDate of Work: ca. 1780
Period: 18th Century
Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 24 1/2 inches (sight diameter)
Credit: Gift of Alicia Hopton Middleton
Enjoying international success as a painter of portraits and mythological, historical, and literary subjects, Kauffman was especially admired in England, where she was one of the founding members of the Royal Academy of Arts. After 1781 Kauffman settled in Rome and developed a fashionable clientele that included many Grand Tour visitors and European aristocrats.
Eighteenth- and nineteenth- century Charlestonians participated in the Grand Tour tradition. The painting of Cymon and Iphigenia was probably purchased by a member of the Middleton family in the 1780s. Nathaniel Russell Middleton exhibited it at the Carolina Art Association in 1858.