Juliette Courbet aged ten (c.1841). Gustave Courbet (French, 1819-1877). Oil on canvas. Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires. Courbet suddenly catches his sister Juliette’s’s attention while she is submerged in a meditative state while reading. The representation may seem to be a bit clumsy because the angle adopted (a slightly inclined, very unconventional profile) which makes a harmonic depiction of the face considerably more difficult to achieve.
This finely carved ivory doll with moveable arms and legs was found in the grave of a girl approximately five years of age in Tarragona, Spain, a port city south of Barcelona. It dates to the 3rd or 4th century CE. The unusual presence of the doll may indicate that the child was especially dear to her family, or very attached to the doll in life. Museu Nacional Arquelogic de Tarragona (Spain)