No one could agree on anything from last week’s Rate the Dress. Some loved the colours, some didn’t. Some thought the sleeves too big, others adored them. The low neckline and high camisa were popular with some readers, and deemed awkward by others. And while some of you thought the model looked astonishingly modern and real, others found her a bit, well, red-eyed vampirish. All in all, Bronzini’s Lady in Green rated an 8.4 out of 10.
This week I present something entirely unprecedented: one woman, in one ensemble, as portrayed by two different artists. You already know the artists and the model as you have rated Maria Alexandrovna in the past (she got a 6.5).
Both Winterhalter and Ivan Makarov painted Maria Alexandrovna (yes, the Victorian Kristen Stewart) in a muted ensemble, lavishly trimmed in lace, and draped in pearls.
I haven’t been able to determine if one portrait was taken from the other, or if both painters painted Maria from life (and if so, at the same time?). Certainly the poses and fall of the draperies are suspiciously similar, though Winterhalter’s portrait implies the dress has a skirt of full tiers of lace, and Makarov’s portrait implies that the silk satin of the dress is blue-grey in colour.
And how do you Rate the Dress on a scale of 1 to 10 based on the combined effect?