Vladimir Borovikovsky (1757 – 1825), the illustrious Russian painter of Ukrainian origin, painted the portrait of Maria Lopukhina in 1797.
Poet Yakov Polonsky (18th December, 1819 – 30th October, 1898) paid a glowing tribute to this lyrical creation of Borovikovsky’s.

Long since she passed away: no more those eyes, No more that smile which tacitly expressed The suffering of her love and her sad thoughts But her beauty Borovikovsky has preserved. Her soul, in part, is therefore with us still And this her gaze and this her body’s charm Will fascinate indifferent generation, Teaching them To love, to suffer, to forgive and to be silent.

Vladimir Borovikovsky (1757 – 1825), the illustrious Russian painter of Ukrainian origin, painted the portrait of Maria Lopukhina in 1797.

Poet Yakov Polonsky (18th December, 1819 – 30th October, 1898) paid a glowing tribute to this lyrical creation of Borovikovsky’s.

Long since she passed away: no more those eyes,
No more that smile which tacitly expressed
The suffering of her love and her sad thoughts
But her beauty Borovikovsky has preserved.
Her soul, in part, is therefore with us still
And this her gaze and this her body’s charm
Will fascinate indifferent generation, 
Teaching them
To love, to suffer, to forgive and to be silent.
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