Kitagawa Utamaro (Japanese, 1754–1806). Parting of Lovers: Courtesan and Her Lover, ca. 1800. Edo period (1615-1868). Japan. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Rogers Fund, 1919 (JP1111)
In his striking portraits Strino not only captures the beauty of his sitters but also the reality of the everyday. He does not restrict his models to beautiful young women as many portraitists do. To him the life story of an Italian grandmother, or Nonna, is to be told through the lines on her face and the faded sparkle in her eye. Her beauty is captured for all to see, not as a vision of youth and vitality but as a life full of memories and stories that we can only imagine.