Portrait of Anna Rzewuska


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Basic information
Portrait of Anna Rzewuska
Date of creation
oil painting
canvas oil
Dimensions (height x width, cm)
206 x 180.5
Information about author
Object description
Anna Rzewuska (c.1717–1763) – daughter of Jozef Lubomirski, voivode of Chernihiv and Teresa Mniszech. She was the wife of Waclaw Rzewuski. The ceremonial portrait shows a full-length woman in a décolleté blue dress with lace. On the chest, we see the Order of the Starry Cross, which she was awarded while in Vienna in 1748. From the end of the seventeenth century, portraits of noblewomen, along with a change of traditional dress to French fashionable garments, began to imitate European imagery. One of the most original portraits is that of A. Rzewuska, which is one of the best representational female portraits. The woman is presented against the blue sky. A vague, unemotional face is lost against the backdrop of a large number of carefully painted objects. The white pages with Latin texts of necrological and panegyrical content, which were painted afterwards, appear unique. At her feet, there is a small dog, which was a traditional addition to 17th- and 18th-century European ceremonial portraits of women. It is believed that a model for Rzewuska’s portrait was the work of French painter Louis de Silvestre (1676-1760) - a painting of Maria Josefa, wife of Polish King August III Sas, which can be seen in the National Gallery in Dresden.
Portrayed person
The name of the person portrayed
Anna Rzewuska
Lifetime of the person portrayed