Portrait of Josephine Crane-Bradley as Slavia (Slavia)

Alfons Mucha

Alfons Mucha - Portrait of Josephine Crane-Bradley as Slavia (Slavia)
Alfons Mucha made the portrait of Josephine Crane-Bradley (1886–1952) during his stay in the United States of America at the commission of her father Charles R. Crane who was the artist’s friend and benefactor – he financed The Slav Epic. The portrait was commissioned for Josephine’s wedding with Harold C. Bradley, professor of biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin. Mucha portrayed Josephine as a personification of Slavism, simultaneously using her portrait for the poster of Slavia Insurance Company which was commissioned from him by Bohemia; later, he also used it for the one-hundred Czechoslovak banknote. The Bradley couple donated the painting through the University of Wisconsin to the National Gallery in Prague.
measurements: height 154 cm
width 92,5 cm
in collections:
material: canvas
technique: oil and tempera
inventory number: O 3978
gallery collection: Collection of 19th Century Art and Classical Modernism