Portrait of an Unknown Woman
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The half-length portrait image of a young woman is made in the tradition of secular portrait painting of the 18th century. Stylistic changes in the Ukrainian portraiture were in line with the trends of European painting. Images of fashionable dandies began to appear alongside the figures of courageous men with stern faces, as well as unemotional and restrained women on the canvases were replaced by ladies slightly smiling. The image of an unknown lady reveals an emotional color and expression, along with the inner world of the portrayed. The woman is depicted in a light low-necked dress and an ash wig decorated with flowers. On her neck, there is a fashionable for the Rococo period black ribbon (tour de gorge), which was worn by women to hide their age. A red cape lined with fur serves as a bright accent in the painting and complements the rose on the dress.