Orest Kiprensky painted this bizarre portrait in the first half of the 19th century, and more precisely - until the 20th year. The work had at various exhibitions and to this day has several names, the most famous of which is “A Girl in a Poppy Wreath with a Carnation in her Hand (Mariuccia)”.
The canvas is written so realistic and so beautiful that when it was exhibited in an Italian city, local experts did not believe that the girl was portrayed by a Russian artist, they say, the Russians could not create such a miracle. One can imagine how insulting and unpleasant Kiprensky was!
In the most famous name of the picture, voiced above, the name Mariuccia is indicated in brackets. Who is this? This is the Italian girl Anna Maria, whose mother was a model and had not only professional relations with the artist.
Once a model was found dead. One of the suspects was an unhappy artist. At the last, severe persecution began, spreading from Italy to France. Orestes wandered and hid, having previously asked to settle an orphan in a monastery.
After some time, when Anna-Maria was already seventeen years old, the artist, who was under fifty, married her. She did not love him, although she appreciated his care and work (including her own portrait of a child). He adored her and did not engage in the art to which he was called; he was only doing this so that the family had a lot of money to provide his spouse and present her with chic gifts. From such a difficult life, the master began to drink heavily and soon died.
After the death of her husband, the widow sold his paintings, even this wonderful portrait (Mariuccia sits with a curious face to us, the audience: she asked a question and awaits an answer to it), not wanting to keep it in her memory of her husband (which proves her dislike for the latter).
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