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22nd November 2023
Unknown Woman (1883) by Ivan Kramskoi (1837-87) has been used on the cover of several paperback editions of Anna Karenina by Tolstoy (who was himself painted in 1873 by Kramskoi). She is elegantly dressed in beautiful fabrics and furs, and sits in her carriage on Nevsky Prospekt with the Anichkov Bridge nearby. This is one of Russia's best-known paintings and, as with Anna Karenina, is open to many possible readings.
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