Image: The Amazon
(Brattleboro, Vermont, 1824 - 1879, Isle of Shoals, New Hampshire)

The Amazon , c. 1876

Oil on canvas
24 in. x 16 in. (60.96 cm x 40.64 cm)
Bequest of Edwin C. Shaw
This work belongs to a series of ideal female heads that Hunt painted in the 1870s, often as demonstration pieces for students attending his popular art school in Boston.  The painting may have offered a lesson in how to depict a forceful, vigorous character; its title is a term used in Hunt’s time to describe a tall, aggressive woman.  Hunt heightened the dramatic effect of the image by casting the woman’s eyes into deep shadow and highlighting her skin with flaming red paint.
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