An Italian and a Jew, and diagnosed with tuberculosis at age 16, Amedeo Modigliani lived his life under the ever-present shadow of death. In the few short years left to him he created paintings with a distinctive look: figural works and portraits inspired by pre-classical antiquity and Renaissance painting. Market demand for his female nudes also influenced his output. His female nudes are immediately identifiable, appealing and irresistible, with bodies stretching beyond the picture frame.