Portrait of Anna Potocka
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Anna Potocka (1724–1772) – daughter of Stanislaw Potocki, Voivode of Poznan, and Marianna Leszczowna. Wife of Franciszek Salezy Potocki, Voivode of Kyiv. She was a possessive and despotic woman. Anna Potocka's depictions were often imbued with sarcasm. The half–length portrait is made according to the traditions of secular portrait painting of the 18th century, which is characterized by flat treatment of the subject. It has a rich colour scheme, excessive detailing of the figure and accessories, flat manner of execution and festiveness which are typical for primitivist painters. Stylistic changes in Ukrainian portraiture coincided with the changes which occurred in European painting. Women were drawn in stylish European gowns and wigs, a smile appeared on their lips, which is how the artist depicted Anna Potocka, trying to endow the work with an emotional appeal. At the top of the portrait there is an inscription: “Anna z Potockich Potocka Woiewodzina Kiiowska”.
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- Anna Potocka
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