Explanation

  • Princess Naryshkin (1762-1822) and her husband spent a number of years in Italy, where they attracted great attention on account of their colossal household, their huge entourage and the splendour they displayed. The princess, who was famed for her beauty, is here portrayed as a rather buxom middle-aged lady. Her coiffure with its masses of curls and a band wound twice round her head still accentuates her elegance.