Portrait of Krystyna Sadowska


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Basic information
Portrait of Krystyna Sadowska
Date of creation
18th c.
oil painting
canvas oil
Dimensions (height x width, cm)
63.8 x 48.8
Information about author
Object description
Krystyna Sadowska comes from the Pociej family. She was a castellan of Lithuanian Brest', the mother of Ignacy Leonard Sadowski. The half-length portrait of a woman was made in the traditions of secular portraiture of the 18th century. The stylistic changes in Ukrainian portraiture coincided with the changes that took place in European painting. Alongside stern faces of valiant men there appeared images of fashionable dandies, and concentrated and reserved women were replaced by ladies with a smile on their lips. From the end of the 17th century, noble women's portraits did not only change the traditional dress to fashionable French gowns but also began to imitate European examples. Krystyna is depicted in the European manner: with a fashionable high hairstyle, in a décolleté dress with lace and a cape that falls from the shoulders and a row of pearls around her neck. The artist has placed the emphasis on the face of the portrayed person, illuminating a notional oval around it. The smile on her lips adds emotionality to the image. An inscription on the left side of the portrait completes the work: «Krystyna / z Pociejow / Sadowska / Kasztel. Brze. / ka Liteska».
Portrayed person
The name of the person portrayed
Krystyna Sadowska