Portrait of Khrushchova and Princess Khovanskaya, Levitsky – overview
- Author: Levitsky Dmitry Grigoryevich
- Museum: Russian Museum
- Year: 1773
Overview of the painting :
Portrait E. N. Khrushchova and Princess E. N. Khovanskaya – Dmitry Grigoryevich Levitsky. 1773. Oil on canvas. 164×129
Pictures present to the viewer the cheerful, hellish girlish enthusiasm and beauty of young girls. The artist’s task was to capture the tar in unusual ceremonial portraits, and try to catch the individual features of each, revealing the character as much as possible in theater productions. This perfectly reflects the general atmosphere of the Catherine era, which was distinguished by an abundance of masquerade balls beloved by the empress.
Smolyanki Khrushchova and Khovanskaya play the scene from the comic opera-pastoral “Capriches of love, or Nineta at court.”. A ten-year-old Khrushchova, dressed as a shepherd (girls performed male roles at the women’s institute), with a playful gesture, concerns the chin of the young Ninetta coquette, in whose image is Khovanskaya. The touching love scene presented by girls is full of naturalness and lively play.