• Portrait of Two Actresses

    Artist:
    Santerre, Jean-Baptiste. 1651-1717
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    146x114 cm

Santerre, Jean-Baptiste. 1651-1717

Portrait of Two Actresses

France, 1699

It is not clearly established who is represented in this painting. However, it is presumably The Portrait of Mme Bolotte and Her Daughter as Artemisia, referenced in Santerre’s list of works compiled on the basis of 18th century sources. Indeed, the ladies have a family likeness. The funerary urn one of the ladies rests upon, as well as the cup the other lady presents her with, show that the painting probably depicts an actress as Queen Artemisia ,who has drunk the wine containing the ashes of her dead husband. A solemn and theatrical expression on the older woman's face and the intense emotion with which the younger one offers her the bowl, support this hypothesis. This painting is characteristic of late 17th century French portrait, which, while conforming to the general principles of representation, reveals more naturalness and an interest in conveying shades of human feelings and emotions.

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Portrait of Two Actresses

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oil

Dimensions:

146x114 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1920; handed over from the Gatchina Palace Museum

Inventory Number:

ГЭ-1284

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