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L. P. Zabolotnaia (Kishinev, Moldova)

The Mystery of One Portrait: Maria Vladimirovna Staritskaya or Maria (Lupu) Radziwill?

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Pages: 331-337

The main objective of this study is an attempt to identify one of the portraits of Maria (Lupu) Radziwill, lost more than 300 years ago. The original of the portrait was found by the author in 2019, in the Rosenborg Castle (Copenhagen, Denmark). A copy of the portrait is kept in the State Historical Museum (Moscow). Both in Rosenborg and in Moscow, until now, the portrait was considered a portrait of Maria Vladimirovna Staritskaya. The author, based on comparative and retrospective methods of historical research, in terms of chronology and typology compared already known, attributed images and systematized the data for constructing the arguments. The basis for the refutation of the existing attribution of the portrait was the mismatch of the costume of the depicted lady with the Russian style, era, etc. According to the author of the study, it is the costume of the portrait’s heroine that irrefutably indicates that this is not Maria Vladimirovna Staritskaya, but Maria (Lupu) Radziwill, since it reflects her national origin.

Keywords: Maria (Lupu) Radziwill, Maria Vladimirovna Staritskaya, 17th century, portrait, costume, Rosenborg, State Historical Museum (Moscow)

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Lilia Zabolotnaia (Kishinev, Moldova). Doctor of History. The National Museum of History of Moldova. 31 August 1989, 121 A, Chişinău, MD-2012, Republic of Moldova
E-mail: [email protected]

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