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  • Portrait of Countess A.M. Vorontsova

    Artist:
    Rotari, Pietro. 1707-1762
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    50x46,5 cm

Rotari, Pietro. 1707-1762

Portrait of Countess A.M. Vorontsova

Italy, Between 1756 and 1762

Pietro Antonio Rotari came to St Petersburg in May 1758 at the invitation of Empress Elizabeth, from Dresden, where he had worked at the court of Augustus II, Elector of Saxony and King of Poland. The idea of having the celebrated artist at her court flattered the Russian Empress, who kept up with European fashion in all things. The Russian Chancellor, Count Mikhail Vorontsov, also played a major part in this enterprise. Thanks to Rotari’s example, the “chamber”, almost intimate, portrait in cabinet format aroused a warm response in Russian hearts and became a firm fixture of life in mansions in the two capitals and in the manor houses on country estates. This depiction of Vorontsov’s daughter Anna belongs to that type. Jacob von Stählin observed that “in exactly the same way [Rotari] painted various characters of women and simple girls in large numbers, all from life, with the most flowing brush, in a subtle manner, with a captivating colour scheme and enchanting expression.” Beauties playing coquettishly with a fan; girls with flowers in their hair, wearing Hungarian-style caps, holding a mask or a letter, young nuns in black hoods – it is impossible to list all the different types, feelings and moos depicted in these engaging images. Half portrait, half genre picture, they possess the unique charm of the playful light-heartedness characteristic of refined Rococo tastes.

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Portrait of Countess A.M. Vorontsova

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oil

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50x46,5 cm

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Entered the Hermitage in 1923; handed over from the State Museum Fund; originally in the Myatlev family collection

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ГЭ-5430

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