Portrait of Countess E. P. Rastopchina, O.AND. Kiprensky, 1809
- Posted by: Orest Adamovich Kiprensky
- Museum: Tretyakov Gallery
- Year: 1809
Overview of the painting :
Portrait of Countess E. P. Rastopchina – Orest Adamovich Kiprensky. 1809. Oil on canvas. 61×77
Women’s images created by the recognized master of the portrait of O. AND. Kiprensky is an invaluable page in the history of Russian art. Each of the portraits of the painter conquers with an amazing penetration into the depths of the soul, a unique originality of the appearance, the finest skill of performance.
In 1809, Kiprensky wrote two pair portraits: Count F. AT. Rostopchina and his wife. These works are different in scale.
Ekaterina Petrovna Rostopchina (nee Protasova) was very different in nature and behavior from her husband. She shunned secular life, dressed modestly. She appeared like that on the portrait of Kiprensky: a closed dark dress, more likely to be suitable for a servant than a lady, a fine lace cap. Nothing in a woman’s robe can amaze the viewer, it does not seduce beauty, but there is something attractive in her appearance. This spiritualized look, dreamy and slightly restless, creates a special sense of the breath of life.