In 1916, Ambrogio Antonio Alciati painted "Signora con cappello." The figure is in silhouette, wearing a black hat and coat. I’m not sure if this is to highlight her beauty or is a reflection of fashion of that period.
European and European-influenced countries were continuing the long elegant lines of the 1890s; tall, stiff collars, broad hats, and full "Gibson Girl" hairstyles. Although Italian fashion in the early 1900's was considered classy, elegant and sensible; form-fitting gowns with high or in-defined waists, or ankle-length skirts and long tunic-like jackets.
Regardless, she is effortlessly beautiful. She seems the embodiment of natural beauty, healthy living, beautiful on the inside and out, confident without a scrap of make-up, with great skin and a natural glow to her personality.
I also see a woman who is actually happy about growing older, because it means more time for herself, more time for her family, and separation from the frenzy of youth.
And, I think of the words that Sam Levenson wrote for his granddaughter:
"For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair, let a child run his fingers through it once a day.
For poise, walk with the knowledge that you’ll never walk alone.
The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole,
But true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul.
It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she shows,
And the beauty of a woman with passing years only grows."