Mario Mafai painted Piano Lesson in 1934.

The child in the foreground is Miriam Mafai, the eldest daughter of Mario Mafai and Antonietta Raphael.

While living in London, Antonietta Raphael graduated as a pianist from the Royal Academy.

She was convinced the piano would be her life, but unfortunately a mental block prevented her from playing in public.

Antonietta continued to play 3-4 hours a day and taught piano to her daughters.

The only one who reached a decent level was the eldest, Miriam (the little girl in the painting).

The woman in the pink dress is Antonietta Raphael, standing priest-like with her hands raised as if to mark time. The girl plays music by Scarlatti.

What about the woman behind them? She was a model who had finished posing for Mafai and was getting dressed.



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