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Portrait of Donna Franca Florio (1901, restored 1924). Giovanni Boldini (Italian, 1842-1931). Oil on canvas.

Commissioned in 1901 by the sitter’s husband, Don Ignazio Florio, the portrait was significantly transformed by Boldini at the demand of Don Florio before he allowed it to be exhibited in Venice. Then in 1924, the artist returned the painting to his original conception when it was acquired by Baron Maurice de Rothschild following the financial failure of Don Florio.