The word parsuna originates from the Latin: persona - personality. This term is called to call portraits that arose at the transitional moment of Russian history, when the medieval worldview was being transformed and the iconography began to be painted in secular portraits.
The painting "Gypsy Madonna" depicts the Virgin Mary with Jesus. The work got its name because the girl does not look like a European - she has dark skin and dark brown eyes. Tar-black hair knocking out from under a white cape is also noticeable. A woman is dressed in clothes of simple cut, but it is immediately clear that she is sewn from good, expensive fabric.
Vasiliev was an artist who impressed everyone with the realism of his paintings. So here, even with a detailed and rather close examination of the picture, the feeling that you have a photograph or at least a computer graphic image does not leave you. But no, this is really a picture. Before us is a famous woman, Princess Eupraxia of Ryazan.
For the great Russian painter Ivan Ivanovich Shishkin, Valaam served as a kind of school that honed the artist's already unique skill. In these places there were many landscape painters who worked in summer in nature. However, not only artists drew inspiration here. Valaam was visited by Tchaikovsky, Mendeleev and other geniuses.
Serov's painting “Portrait of Alexander III” was painted in 1899. Currently, the work is stored in the officer fund of the Royal Life Guards in Copenhagen. The emperor is depicted in an elegant uniform and a solemn pose near one of the main stairs of the Fredensborg Palace (Denmark). The artist painted this portrait while being directly in Copenhagen, where he paid visits more than once.
Tropinin was born and raised in the Novgorod province. Educated at a regular public school. In early childhood, he showed artistic abilities. However, Count Morkov considered it necessary to send Vasily Tropinin to study confectionery. But genius everywhere will be able to break through and develop his talent.