Princess Varvara Nikolaevna Gagarina (1762–1802)

Jean-Baptiste Greuze French

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Varvara Nikolaevna Golitsyna, who was born on July 7, 1762, married Prince Sergei Sergeyevich Gagarin (1745-1798) and was the mother of four children. She died at thirty-nine. As Greuze never went to Russia, the princess must have visited Paris either shortly before or after her wedding. Her pose is distant and formal, while her costume is not unlike the dresses worn by the queen, Marie Antoinette (1755-1793), in the early 1780s.

Princess Varvara Nikolaevna Gagarina (1762–1802), Jean-Baptiste Greuze (French, Tournus 1725–1805 Paris), Oil on canvas

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