Virgin Mary with a Child
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On one side of the small sheet, there is an oil sketch of a bust-length image of the Virgin Mary with a child in the classical icon-painting style. It takes up most of the composition. The background behind the figures is of gray color. The faces and hands of the characters are unusually dark brown and undetailed; the facial features and fingers are barely outlined. The baby's hand touches the mother. The woman is dressed in red clothes and a blue veil; on the veil near her right shoulder, there is a pentagonal light ocher star. The child's clothes are light pink. The dark hand with which the mother supports the child stands out against the background of the clothes. The figures have different halos. The Virgin Mary's halo is bluish-white with an ocher stripe along the contour and the same transverse stripes. The child's halo is of dark yellow color. The halos are highlighted by a dark green stripe on the outer edge. The lines are concise and accurate, but at the same time they retain their smoothness and give the composition roundness and calm. The other side of the sheet shows a completely different scene. There are four female figures dressed in white shirts around a tall tree. One of them, dressed in a red skirt and a headscarf, is placed with her back to the viewer. She sits with her left hand on her thigh. The second figure is dressed in a green skirt, a red apron, and a headscarf. The woman stands to the left of the tree and faces the viewer on the right side. She leans to the ground and extends her right hand forward. The third figure, dressed in a white skirt, a purple apron, and a green headscarf, is depicted to the right of the tree, with her hands raised. The fourth woman stands to the left of the tree and faces the viewer on the right side. She is straight-haired, in a green skirt and a light apron; her head is tilted forward. In the background, there are also two other trees and a river; on the opposite bank, brightly lit by the sun, the white houses can be seen.