Paintings of Franz Xavier Winterhalter

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German painter Franz Xavier Winterhalter has depicted here Princess Elizabeth Esperovna Trubetzkaya in a dome crinoline with black lace trim and a flounced under-skirt. Franz was a court-painter of Louis-Philippe and he always depicted the royal personalities in his paintings. The princess is holding a hand-fan in one hand. Hand-fan is not a product of Japan only. In fact, hand fans were normal even in the times of ancient Greece. Suspiciously, princesses are either always extremely beautiful or extremely ugly in our stories. We don’t know why anyone doesn’t depict at least one princess as a regular looking person. The oil-on-canvas painting of 1859 describes the first scenario – a perfectly beautiful princess. Well, this is not a fictitious person. But she has a beauty […]

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Sometimes referred also as Barbara Dmitrievna Mergassov Rimsky-Korsakova, the “Madame Barbe de Rimsky Korsakov” is a portrait of Russian aristocrat woman. It was painted in 1864 by the German painter Franz Xaver Winterhalter. Identity of the Woman At some places, it is suggested that the woman is the same person who married to the famous Russian music composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov due to the same endings of the name and the same time-period of their births. But, there is no full evidence about it as some important sources suggests Nadezhda Rimskaya-Korsakova to be the composer’s wife. Other speculations are that she also appeared in Russian writer Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel Anna Karenina. But, the identity of the portrayed woman isn’t firmly definite. Art analysis The portrait […]

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