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PORTRAIT OF COUNTESS SAMOILOVA

Made by: Karl Pavlovich Briullov

On view in: Pavilion


About this object

Karl Briullov’s portrait of his intimate friend Countess Julia Samoilova is perhaps the artist’s most important work in a museum outside Russia. Painted shortly after his monumental Last Day of Pompeii (1832; State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg), the portrait marked the pinnacle of Briullov’s long sojourn in Italy and endured as one of the many tributes he painted to the beauty and friendship of the countess. Samoilova became a longtime resident of Italy after she incurred the displeasure of Nicholas I with her extravagant social life. The wealthy countess entertained the intellectual elite of her day, including the Russian writers Turgenev and Zhukovskii and the Italian composers Donizetti, Verdi, and Giovanni Pacini. To Briullov, she epitomized femininity and beauty, and he portrayed her in a scene of joyful welcome and fashionable elegance.

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Category:
paintings
Object name:
PORTRAIT OF COUNTESS SAMOILOVA
Made from:
Oil on canvas
Made in:
ITALY
Date made:
1832-1834
Size:
268.2 x 280.7 x 214.6 cm (105 9/16 x 110 1/2 x 84 1/2 in.)

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
51.73
Class:
PAINTING
Signature marks:
SIGNATURE C: Brulloff At lower left, in black Latin characters.
Credit line:
Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973
Featured in publication:
"Hillwood Museum & Gardens: Marjorie Merriweather Post's Art Collector's Personal Museum","A Taste for Splendor: Russian Imperial and European Treasures from the Hillwood Museum"