Oil on canvas laid on board painting of a traditionally-dressed woman, facing away from the viewer, balancing a water jug on her head while walking in a rural setting. The work measures 13" by 10" framed and there is no apparent signature. I opened the backing and see that the canvas has been laid directly on a board. The painting might date to approximately the 1860's; similarly dressed figures are seen in mid nineteenth century paintings of the Roman campagna. One wonders if perhaps this little painting might in fact be a surviving fragment of an originally much larger work. It is indeed a survivor of some abuse, as there are long diagonal folds or repaired cuts, at upper right and from lower left to mid right, as shown.
Italian 19th century painting of a woman in traditional dress balancing jug on head