Child with a Bird in Her Hands
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Portraits of children by themselves were rare in the 18th century. They had representational functions because they were portraits of the descendants of wealthy parents. In the portraits, children are often dressed in costumes similar to those worn by adults, with wigs on their heads. They were presented in frozen poses with unwavering facial expressions. The portrait from the Chortkiv collection depicts a child at a full height. The portrait is reminiscent of ceremonial images, with the characters standing by a table covered with an expensive tablecloth. It is at the table with the birdcage that the girl, dressed in a long white dress and a fashionable for that period cap. Despite her frozen pose, the artist managed to convey the child's inherent features: round cheeks, chubby hands, and a sincere look directed at the viewer.