Attributed to Phillipe Mercier
A Lady Seated in a Landscape, Holding a Book
The book inscribed La Vita e un Sogno (Life is a Dream)
Oil on canvas
39 1/2 x 32 inches (100.3 x 81.3 cm)
The Lady is shown reading an Italian translation of the philosophical play La Vida es Sueno by the 17th-century Spanish poet and playwright Pedro Calderon de la Barca. This meditation on the nature of reality and destiny was read in translation throughout Europe in the 18th century.
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