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Self portrait. 1848
64.1 х 54 Oil on canvas Main Building, Hall 9

The semicircular top of the frame, the black blouse of the artist and his trimmed beard in the Spanish manner remind us of the Old Masters, for example the Flemish painter Anthony Van Dyck (1599–1641). The red-black colour scheme of the work emphasizes the paleness of the artist’s face, which is full of inner fire. His hair is like the tongues of a flame. The arm limp at his side and the haggard face demonstratively contradict the energetic brushwork. Briullov depicts himself at the same time as having lost his illusion of being a "son of the age" and as the "elect of the gods"

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