Portrait of Grand Duke Pavel Petrovich - Stefano Torelli. 176x107
The representative of Rossika, the Italian painter Stefano Torelli (1712-1784), worked a lot and successfully in Russia in the second half of the 18th century. Torelli is a master of light and elegant courtly Rococo style, often using various allegories in his works.
Portrait of Pavel Petrovich refers to representative ceremonial portraits. The young Grand Duke is placed in a kind of conditional theatrical environment, where he is the protagonist. By an imperious gesture, he points to a stormy sea in which ships fight the winds - glorification of future naval victories. An elegant little servant-girl, bowing respectfully, presents him with a helmet with a feather as a military leader. The white military suit, embroidered with gold, twists, billowing in a gusty wind, but nothing darkens the calm, concentrated face of the grand duke.