Portrait of Princess Trubetskoy, Antropov – overview

Portrait of Princess Trubetskoy, Antropov – overview
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  • Posted by Alexey Petrovich Antropov
  • Museum: Tretyakov Gallery
  • Year: 1761

Overview of the painting :

Portrait of the book. T. AND. Trubetskoy – A. P. Antropov. 1761. Oil on canvas. 54×42

   The work of Alexei Petrovich Anthropov developed in the middle of the 18th century. He left the family of masters of the Armory and the Chancellery from buildings, he served for a long time in the Painting Team. The tasks of the team included decorative painting of walls and plafons of buildings under construction, writing icons for iconostases and other works. Large painters led such teams. Antropov first worked under the direction of the famous portrait painter A. Matveeva, who was then replaced by another Russian artist – I. I AM. Vishnyakov, who also paid a lot of attention to the portrait genre. Entropov also worked for the talented decorator of a foreigner D. Valeriani, studied with foreign portrait painters L. Karavakka and P. Rotary. The artist participated in the painting erected by the famous V. Rastrelli of the Winter and Tsarskoye-Seli palaces in St. Petersburg, his brush owns a number of paintings in the Andreevsky Church in Kiev, palace buildings and temporary coronation structures in Moscow. But the true talent of Anthropov was revealed in the portrait. It is in this genre that the most significant works of it are created.

   The heyday of the portrait creativity of Anthropov falls on the 1750-1760s. During the royal court during this period, many foreign portratiists worked – Tok, P. Rotary, a little earlier Groot. The art of these masters, characterized by subtlety and grace of manners, was very popular.

   The picturesque Anthropov style is close to the tradition of old Russian writing; it also contains features of parsun painting with the latest flatness and some dryness of the picture. The art of the artist is marked by features of national identity. It attracts truthfulness and simplicity.

   The portraits of Anthropov are straightforwardly built, written in frank bright colors, there are no foreign masters of tenderness and beauty inherent in their works. But then they attract accuracy and strength of characteristics, a healthy popular perception of the world.

   “Not wisely cunning,” depicts Antropov, middle-aged and sad, brightly colored court ladies, with all frankness describes the completely unattractive appearance of Emperor Peter III. He accurately conveys the appearance, clothes, jewelry, insignia, but behind all this, a truthful and lively image of man is always felt.

   This feature also notes the portrait of the book. Tatyana Alekseevna Trubetskoy. Brightly painted cheeks, sophisticated eyebrows, a white wig decorated with a rose, not only do not hide, but even strengthen, emphasize the lively charm of the round rustic face of a Russian woman with a perky up nose and funny living eyes.

   The work of Anthropov was an important stage in the addition of a realistic school of Russian portrait painting.