Clara Bianca von Quandt (1820). Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld (German, 1794-1872). Oil on panel. Nationalgalerie, Berlin.
The portrait—modeled after Raphael‘s portrait of Jeanne d’Aragon—depicts the daughter of the writer August Gottlieb Meissner and the wife of Johann Gottlob von Quandt, a wealthy merchant, art critic, and collector of old German masters. According to a source, Schnorr “adored” Clara and his depiction of her “expressed his wildest nationalist and erotic fantasies.” The lute in the portrait is “no mere prop;” Clara played the instrument during her sitting.