Arts Everyday Living: Through a Russian Artist’s Eyes—Thinking of Anna Karenina?

Ivan Kramskoi, Portrait of an Unknown Woman, 1883, oil on canvas, Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia

Russian artist Ivan Kramskoi (1837-1887) was a prolific portraitist, depicting major figures of Russian society, from writer Leo Tolstoy to Czar Alexander III and his wife.  However, the subject of one of his most intriguing portraits (as seen above) has not been identified.  Does she remind us of Tolstoy’s heroine Anna Karenina?

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