Konstantin Egorovich Makovsky
- Konstantin Makovsky
- the young boyarina
- signed in Latin m.r.
- oil on canvas
- 60 by 50cm., 23 1/2 by 19 3/4 in.
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This fine genre portrait demonstrates Konstantin Makovsky's art at its most skillful, revealing his great sensitivity towards detail and colour. The artist seems to revel in the luxury of the sitter's costume, with her pearl-encrusted kokoshnik and richly-embroidered dress. The formality suggested by her official attire is countered by an intimacy conveyed in the young Boyarina's candid demeanour.
In Makovsky's large and varied oeuvre, paintings celebrating the Boyar roots of the Russian aristocracy were amongst the most admired and sought after. During a period of history which saw the traditional structure of Russian society change dramatically these works evoked the romance, colour, and extravagance of a lost and untouchable age.