1858 Varvara Dmitrievna Rimskaia-Korsakova (1833-1878), née Mlle Mergasova by Franz Xaver Winterhalter (Savitkoy Gallery - Penza, Russia)

Olga's Gallery has a good biographical sketch of her that supports the theatrical empression conveyed by this flamboyant portrait.

From www.liveinternet.ru/users/katish_09/; size doubled by gogm.

Winterhalter's portraits of Mme. Rimsky Korsakov display her theatrical flair. Straight coiffures were in style, but Mme. Rimsky Korsakov wears long flowing curls adorned with a scattring of flowers. Her décolleté dress evokes images of Hollywood glamour a century later.

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