Portraits of old women (Izmaylova
, Rumyantseva) – the most interesting and significant part of the scenic heritage of Aleksey Antropov. State lady Maria Rumyantseva
(1699-1788) is in this specific gallery is not that special, but it's a decent place.
Nee Countess Matveeva, she spent her childhood and adolescence abroad and returning to Russia, differed European manners and a lovely French accent. Once at court, Mary Matveeva attracted to Peter I. the Emperor was impressed by its vitality, beauty and... the excitement: cards Matveeva could squander a fortune. She for many years was the intimate friend of Peter, some have argued – and lover. In 1720, the year the Emperor had betrothed Mary, for your servant Alexander Rumyantsev, but it did not spoil their relationship. Son of the Countess Pyotr Rumyantsev will become a famous General, field Marshal, Viceroy of the Ukraine, and by the mercy of Catherine II, joined his father's surname pretentious name of "Danubian", but it will always dissolve the rumors that he was the illegitimate son of Peter.
Under age Maria Rumyantseva, as usual, hit to piety made room in his house pilgrims and the poor, but kept a sound mind and a sharp tongue. "Destroying her body
- wrote the French envoy at the Russian court Segur - one testified her declining years; but she had a lively mind and young imagination. As it was a beautiful memory, her conversation had all the charm and pouzitelnosti well laid out history"
"A portrait of the state and the ladies of the Countess M. A. Rumyantseva" painted by Alexei Antropov written in the manner of archaic and primitive. It features a dark background and artless frontal composition. Antropov was not too sophisticated and not particularly educated master. He has not had the opportunity to see many pieces of European painting, not studying abroad, as his mentor, "chick Peter's nest" Andrey Matveev
. Training Antropov was limited to the icon workshop and monitoring the work first Caravaque
and later Rotary
– successful, but not the most outstanding artists. Cause and manner Antropov in terms of painting technique is a rollback, even in comparison with the previous artists, "Petrovsky" generation, a kind of "primitive" with an extremely concise (not to say simplistic) composition and tight color.
Characteristic Antropov metallic sheen, especially noticeable in white and silver color "Portrait of M. A. Rumyantseva" are the result of specific equipment highlights in which first applied the dark colors and only in a final stage lighter. White on a dark base and gives this a dull leaden hue. Metal molds even the white highlight in the pupil – specific and almost always repeated in Antropov detail, the identification mark, by which researchers are often able to identify unsigned work.Author: Anna Yesterday