Angelik Kaufman, a German artist of the 18th century can be safely put on a par with the most famous representatives of classicism. Now her name is not very well known to the general public, but at one time she was a very famous artist. “My portrait for one friend was made by an exceptional person, one German artist. She is very strong in portraits … Her name is Angelica Kaufmann,” the famous German historian, Winkelmann, spoke of her.
To order her a portrait was considered prestigious, among her customers were Potemkin’s niece, the famous beauty Countess Skavronskaya, and Emperor Paul I with his wife, and even Catherine II. Who is she, a woman, in the 18th century, when women were destined, as they used to say in Germany, “cuisine, church, children”, accepted into the ranks of the most prestigious art academies of that time? On the self- Continue reading