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 Borovikovsk’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 char
Will fascinate indifferent generation,
To love, to suffer, to forgive and to be silent.
- Of My Sweet Ardour by Yakov Polonsky (ipseand.wordpress.com)