joseph coomans

A Neapolitan beauty (1870)  Joseph Coomans (Belgian, 1816-1889). Oil on canvas.

A girlish coquete, revelling in the reminiscence of some new conquest, is the subject of the work by Coomans. The heroine is a type of the blonde beauty of the women of Greek origin or antecedents who represented loveliness in Pompeii in its prime, when beauty was worshipped there second only to the gods.