Of Course Not

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While many scholars identify this image as “Portrait of an Unknown Woman” (1883) by Russian artist Ivan Kramskoy, and place its subject in an open carriage at the Anichkov Bridge in Saint Petersburg, the post office of Trinidad & Tobago begs to differ, placing the lady in their 12-cent commemorative in the Caribbean on an unseasonably chilly day.

Not for them the description of one European critic, who said the painting was a portrayal of “a provocatively beautiful woman, all in velvet and fur, throwing you a sneeringly sensuous glance from a luxurious carriage. Is this not one of the effluvia of big cities that allow contemptible women dressed in outfits purchased for the price of their female chastity onto the streets?”

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