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The Angelica Kauffmann Inventories: An Artist’s Property and Legacy in Early-Nineteenth-Century Rome

Wendy Wassyng Roworth
Getty Research Journal
No. 7 (January 2015), pp. 157-168
Published by: The University of Chicago Press on behalf of the J. Paul Getty Trust
DOI: 10.1086/680743
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/680743
Page Count: 12
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The Angelica Kauffmann Inventories: An Artist’s Property and Legacy in Early-Nineteenth-Century Rome
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Abstract

AbstractA collection of documents in the Getty Research Institute related to the estates of Swiss-Austrian artist Angelica Kauffmann (1741–1807) and her cousin includes inventories of their properties and an Italian translation of her cousin’s last will and testament. This article clarifies the identity of Kauffmann’s cousin as Johann Kauffmann (1751–1829), not the sculptor Peter Kaufmann (1764–1829), and provides an overview of the manuscripts. Both inventories contain descriptions and appraisals of furniture, artworks, decorative objects, books, jewelry, and common household items; Angelica’s inventory lists the contents of her well-equipped studio, including paintings left unfinished or unclaimed at the time of her death. These documents offer insight into her life and work, domestic arrangements, and professional practice at the end of a long and successful career, and information in the inventories helps trace the history of her paintings as well as her collection of artworks by others. The Getty documents also contain material for broader studies of the art business, collecting, taste, fashion, and social networks in the international community of artists and scholars in Rome during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

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