Portrait of Ludwika Potocka
Information about author
Ludwika Potocka (1712–1785) – daughter of Jozef Wandalin Mniszek and Konstancja Tarlo, wife of Jozef Potocki (1691–1751), crown hetman of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth. She was the owner of the town of Mykulyntsi. The half-length portrait of the woman is painted in a nominal oval in the traditions of secular portraiture of the 18th century. Stylistic changes in Ukrainian portraiture coincided with the changes which occurred in European painting. The image isn’t static, but emotionally charged, expressive and is depicting the inner world of the subject. Ludwika Potocka is depicted at an older age, the artist does not try to hide it. On the canvas, the author has meticulously depicted a face that is no longer young, with a massive nose and a double chin. The woman wears a gorgeous décolleté dress, with a bonnet on her head, and a black headscarf over it that is falling down and is wrapped around her neck. The portrait is characterised by a flat painting style and a reserved colour scheme.
- The name of the person portrayed
- Ludwika Potocka
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