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  • Portrait of a Woman

    Artist:
    Maron, Anton von. 1733-1808
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    98,4x73,7 cm

Maron, Anton von. 1733-1808

Portrait of a Woman

Austria, Circa 1770

The knee-length portrait of a young woman in a three-quarter turn towards the viewer occupies the whole surface of the canvas. She stands straight-backed, her right arm a little out to the side, her left hand holding a book. She is wearing an elegant pale pink silk dress trimmed with ribbons and lace. Her tall powdered coiffure in the manner of the Rococo is topped by an ornate headdress made of white tulle with little roses matching the colour of her dress, each of which contains a pearl. The two strands of large pearls around her neck are fastened with a pink bow at the back. Both her wrists are adorned by three strands of smaller pearls. The woman’s matte ivory-coloured skin with pink reflexes is set off effectively by the dark greenish background. This portrait is enchanting for the astonishing nobility of its colour scheme that is constructed on a combination of pink and deep wine-red on a dark green background and is reminiscent of the Venetian school. The subject cannot be called a beauty, but with skilful professional depiction and a soft, free manner of painting the artist managed to invest her likeness with a sense of immediacy and natural grace. This portrait can be numbered among the unarguable successes of Anton von Maron, who was the best pupil of the celebrated Anton Raphael Mengs.

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Portrait of a Woman

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oil

Dimensions:

98,4x73,7 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1971; purchased from a private person

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-10126

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