Olga's Gallery

Dmitry Levitzky

Portrait of Anna Davia (D'Avia) Bernucci.

1782. Oil on canvas. The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia. Read Note.

Dmitry Levitzky. Portrait of Anna Davia (D'Avia) Bernucci.

Anne Davia (D'Avia) Bernucci - an Italian actress, who came to St. Petersburg in 1781 and played in the court theater. She was a favorite of Prince A. A. Bezborodko, who spent great sums of money on her: he paid her 8,000 gold rubles monthly, and when she went on vacation to Italy he gave her money and jewelry worth 500,000 rubles. The Prince's extravagance caused Catherine II to order the eviction of Bernucci from Russia within 24 hours