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Annigoni’s Ghost

In the year 2007-08, I moved into a new apartment on Borgo degli Albizi in Florence. I had been seeking a new home with space for a studio inside, and my first glance on an internet screen gave me the phone number for a place with approximately the square meterage I was looking for. It was the only apartment I ended up looking at. The landlord took me inside and showed me the first room on the right, a gigantic bedroom with an enormous wall of windows facing north. I said yes immediately, but he insisted on showing me the rest of the house, including a fireplace kitchen, the bedroom balcony, a living room nook with the Duomo outside the window and Morandi etchings on the wall. He then explained that years ago, the house had been part of one of Pietro Annigoni’s former studios, and he had in fact painted his famous portrait of Queen Elizabeth in my “bedroom.” While in this new house, I began a series of interiors, rearranging the furniture and inventing elements, reminding myself from time to time what a treasure it was to live and paint inside the studio of a former artist. The paintings here are from that very special year. For more of the story about painting with Annigoni’s “ghost,” see my post here. To view, click on any thumbnail below to enter the image carousel, or scroll down for larger images which can be clicked on for detailed viewing.


The Bed and the Box of Unanswered Questions

The Lavender Jacket

Blue Slippers and Goldfish


The Madonna Commission

The Naughty Kitten

The Wardrobe

The Limited Palette

Birdcage and Scarf

Hands of the Artist

Tribute to Velazquez


A Man's Back


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  1. dee #
    June 24, 2009

    hi rebecca,
    best wishes and congrats on all your achievments to date. Love your figurative and still-live paintings.Well done.

  2. Kyra Janke #
    June 24, 2009

    Hi Angel Teacher Girl,
    Your work is BEAUTIFUL. I particularly, as you know, love all your portraits (the ones of you are so beautiful).
    Congrats on your latest achievement! It looks like you have been SO busy!
    Lots of love,

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