Monday, April 13, 2015

"Same beautiful soul"

Portrait of the Grand Duchess Ella 
by Friedrich August von Kaulbach.
Colorized by me. :-)

German portraitist Friedrich August von Kaulbach painted several portraits of the Grand Duchess Elizabeth throughout the late 19th century when she was apparently at the height of her beauty. Her brother Ernst-Ludwig particularly likes Ella's portraits by Kaulbach for they capture some of that elusive charm that most artists failed to convey on her other portraits. In this portrait, Ella's elegant, supple and graceful figure were apparent, as well as her beautiful Greek profile and that faraway look in her eyes. At the same time, she projects an aura of exquisite delicacy, simplicity and nobility. The Grand Duke Konstantin Konstantinovich, who was in awe of the newly-married Ella, describe her in his diary: "She is so feminine; I am struck by her beauty. Her eyes wonderfully delineate calm and gentleness. In her, despite her gentleness and shyness, there is a certain feeling of self-confidence, a sense of power. Under such a beautiful appearance must be the same beautiful soul." 


Joan Daniels said...

What a beautiful darling portrait! And the colorization is lovely. :-)

Amanda said...

I'm so glad to see you blogging again, Gem! :)

Gem said...

I am happy too, Amanda. :-)

Anonymous said...

Very interesting story!

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