• Portrait of Countess Natalia Stroganova

    Artist:
    Anonymous Artist
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    32х25 cm

Anonymous Artist

Portrait of Countess Natalia Stroganova

Russia, circa 1800

Countess Natalia Pavlovna Stroganova (1796–1872) was one of the four daughters of Count Pavel Alexandrovich Stroganov and Sophia Vladimirovna Golitsyna. In 1818 she married a distant relative, Baron, later Count Sergei Grigoryevich Stroganov (1794–1882). From 1845 until her death, she controlled the main Stroganov patrimony – the palace on the Moika in St Petersburg, the art collections and the lands in Perm province. Despite this work’s small size and a certain sketch-like character (executed, probably, in one sitting on a little piece of card) it is obvious that we should look for its creator among the major artists. On the reverse there is a pencil note indicating that the portrait was painted “around 1800”. Among the professionals working in Russia at that time, the best “fit” would seem to be the French painter Jean-Laurent Mosnier, and the stylistic features of the work do not conflict with that suggestion. However, X-ray and infrared examination of the portrait have proved unable to confirm this hypothesis.

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Portrait of Countess Natalia Stroganova

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oil

Dimensions:

32х25 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1946; handed over from The State Museum of Ethnography of Peoples of the USSR, Leningrad

Inventory Number:

ЭРЖ-1420

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