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Description of the painting by Karl Van Loo "Portrait of Empress Elizabeth Petrovna"

Description of the painting by Karl Van Loo



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Van Loo - a prominent representative of the dynasty of painters, held a high position at court and was famous. He studied painting with his father and could realistically convey not only the aesthetic part of the character, but also character.

Elizabeth was a tough and even rude man; the empress came to the throne as a result of a coup. Throughout her reign, she suspected everyone of unrest and conspiracy.

The period of tenure on the throne of Elizabeth was a time of luxury and spending, completely unreasonable. She was surrounded by many favorites, who built palaces painted with gold leaf.

The ruler did not skimp on titles for her fans. The portrait depicts the empress as a trendsetter, which she was.

On the canvas, Elizabeth is depicted with a monarch’s ribbon, in jewelry. The Empress was very fond of jewelry. The mantle, lined with fur, is embroidered with the coat of arms of Russia. Behind the right shoulder are the attributes of power, yet despite her status, she is in this portrait more a woman than a monarch.

A beautiful dress made of expensive brocade with lace sleeves adorns the empress. The color of the dress makes Elizabeth's figure brighter, and the dark background only favorably emphasizes the queen. The artist depicted the ruler as a symbol of Russia, she sits surrounded by the coat of arms of the country.

One gets the feeling that the empress laid aside the attributes of power and decided to be just a beautiful woman, but the cloak recalls her status. The painting depicts a secular woman dressed in the latest fashion and tasteful. Her jewelry can determine her status.

A magnificent diadem adorns the hairstyle, hair is laid in a fashionable hairstyle. It can be seen that the woman is simply showing off. The painter revealed in a steel ruler a real woman, meek, sweet, with a cheerful look, she was so real when the symbols of power were put aside.





Jean Baptiste Simeon Chardin


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