Antonio Ciseri, "Penitent Magdalena". That hair is stunning--and I like that it hangs down so long and heavy, covering her face, weighing her down. I think the work is actually more expressive this way. It also signifies shame--she wants to hide her face, and her sins, as much as she can, with her hands and bowed head but also with those thick, dark ropes.
PIETRO ANTONIO ROTARI Verona 1707 - 1762 Russia. 18th C. Portrait of a Girl in Russian Headdress. He worked in Venice, Rome. Then in Vienna in 1751 he was influenced by Jean-Etienne Liotard's porcelain-like portrait style. Elizabeth, Empress of Russia made him a Court painter. The headdress is reminiscent of that worn in one of the 367 portraits lining the walls of a salon in the Peterhof Palace, Saint Petersburg.