maria lopukhina

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Vladimir Borovikovsky (July 24, 1757 – April 6, 1825) excelled in painting portraits in rococo style. His subjects included the members of the royal family and other Russian aristocrats. Besides, he is also known to have created a few paintings based on religious and mythological subjects. Of all the paintings of Borovikovsky survived to this date a portrait of Maria Lopukhina, painted in1797 (pic ii), reveals his artistry the best. The portrayal was so vivid that it induced the following glowing tribute from poet Yakov Polonsky (December 18, 1819 – October 30, 1898).

Long since she passed away: no more those eyes,
No more that smile which tacitly expressed
The suffering of her love and her sad thoughts
But her beauty Borovikovsky has preserved.
Her soul, in part, is therefore with us still
And this her gaze and this her body’s charm
Will fascinate indifferent generation,
teaching the
To love, to suffer, to forgive and to be silent.