Portrait of an Elderly Woman
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In the 17th and 18th centuries, bourgeois portraiture was widespread in Western Ukraine. Gradually, it loses a number of attributes that were common for portraits of noblemen. It becomes less important for customers to show their social status than to immortalize the image of a respected person for relatives or the community. The portrait shows a bust-length image of a woman in a bourgeois dress with a large white collar, a white bonnet with black lace, and jewelry around her neck. The artist does not hide the features of an elderly woman, in particular a wrinkled face, sunken eyes, sharp nose, as well as thin and slightly crooked lips. Using restrained colors, the painter tries to convey the image of a tired woman of a venerable age.