1842. Oil on canvas. The Russian Museum, St-Petersburg, Russia. Read Note.
Princess Zinaida Volkonskaya (1792-1862), née Princess Beloselskaya-Belozerskaya, was the wife of Prince Nicholas Volkonsky, an acknowledged beauty of her time. She was a well-educated, intelligent woman, patroness and collector of arts and also an author, actress and singer herself. She was a prominent socialite in St. Petersburg, Moscow, and also in Rome, where she spent the last 40 years of her life. Her parties in Rome were frequented by outstanding people of her time. The renowned composer J. Rossini adapted his opera Tankred for one such party, with the princess singing the main part, and F. Mendelson, another famous musician, participating in the show.
See Feodor Bruni. Portrait of Princess Zinaida Volkonskaya in a Costume of Tankred.