This extremely fine portrait was created in 1847 by one of most famous Austrian portrait painters of the Biedermeier Epoch Franz Schrotzberg ( 1811 Vienna -1889 Graz) and depicts Russian Princess Julia Luise Trofimovna Golitsyn (1810 Revel - 1887 Moscow).
Princess Julia Luise Golitsyn, born Baranov (1810 Reval - 1887 Moscow) was the dauther of Trofim Baranov and Julia Dorothea Baranov-Adlerberg, she married Prince Mikhail Golitsyn (1800-1873) in St.Petersburg in 1832. She recieved the title of Countess in 1846, had 6 children with him (two died at the early age). She was the owner of the famous salon, where on certain days were all shiny nobilities of Moscow.
Our portrait was found in a private German collection and has never been reported in the art sources. But it´s known another portrait depicted the Princess Golicyn, painted by Hungarian artist Sandor Kozina in the year 1840, i.e., 7 years ahead of our portrait and a comparison with which gives us the full evidence that both portraits depict the same person. Portrait of Princess Golicyn (also portrait of her husband Mikhail Golicyn) by Sandor Kozina situate now in the State Historical Museum in Moscow (see our additional images from the exhibition cataloque "Prunkvolles Zarenreich" (exhibition of the Museum of Applied Arts , Cologne, 1997).
For other works by the same author see our website under item no. 840, 1096, 2427, 3072, 3839, 4219.
The author of our portrait, famous Austrian artist Franz Schrotzberg (1811 Vienna - 1889 Graz) gained fame as an outstanding portraitist of European nobility , including the royal houses . Already during his lifetime his contemporaries called him " the Austrian Winterhalter ".
The artist exhibited his historical and portrait works at the academy to St.Anna in Vienna since 1832. He travelled to upper Italy (1837), Germany and Belgium (1842), later to France, England and Russia. Since 1851 exhibited he in Austrian Artist Union. He soon became one of the most sought-after artists of representative women´s portraits , including portraits of Austrian Empress Elisabeth and other members of Austrian Royal houses. In 1843 he became a full member of the Vienna Academy of Art , 1867, he was awarded the Knight Kreutz Franz Joseph awarded the Order .Besides portraits of Viennese society he was known for his portraits of Russian nobility. On our additional photo can be see his portrait of Russian princess Elizabeth Klari-i-Aldringen ( in the collection of the State Pushkin Museum in Moscow). Also known Schrotzberg´s portrait of Leonova-Sapegova (in the collection of Donetzk art museum).
Provenance: Berlin Private estate, until 2005 - antique military gallery Seidel and Sons, Berlin.
Literature: artist lexicons by Thieme/Becker Leipzig and Prof.H.Fuchs, Vienna,1975; in on-line: www.google.ru, monogrphies in Russian: Catalogue of State Museum of A.S.Pushkin, Moscow and of exhibition from the collection of State Historical Museum of Moscow in The museum of appied arts in Cologne, Germany.
Inscription: signed and dated 1847 lower right.
Technique: oil on canvas. Luxuriousy original period gold-plated frame.
Measurements: unframed w 32 1/4" x h 37 1/4" (82 x 94,5 cm); framed 38 1/2" x h 45" (98 x 114,5 cm).
Condition: in very good condition, original canvas, no inpaintings or losses.