Agent Triple P is off to Constantinople for a week, where he is looking forward to getting reacquainted with his particular friend B, who he has not seen for several years. She has promised to show him some new belly-dancing moves! We will not be able to post while we are there, probably.
Self portrait (1877)
In the meantime, here is a Turkish-style odalisque (the lowest grade of girl in the harem) by Italian painter Francesco Paolo Michetti (1851-1929) Michetti originated in the Abruzzo region of Italy and after studying at the Academia in Naples moved to Paris to continue his studies, exhibiting at the 1872 Paris Salon. In 1883 he bought an old convent building, back in Abruzzo, as his studio and home and took much of his inspiration from the local people and landscape. He also exhibited in Milan, Naples, Berlin and at the first Venice Bienalle. For the last twenty years of his life he lived as a virtual recluse and stopped exhibiting.