Anna of all the Russias

Moisey Lyangleben, Portrait of Anna Akhmatova 1964, Anna Akhmatova in Komarovo, Russia,

Somehow, on this portrait, she reminds us of great Russian queens – and she truly was one.

“To the golden-lipped Anne — to a word
That all of Russia redeems!
Carry away my voice
And my heavy sigh, wind.

About quiet bow of the earth among
Golden fields, O the burning skies,
Tell the story; and also about
From the agony blackened eyes.

You attained once again
In the thundering height!
You — the nameless one!
Carry love of mine
To the gold-lipped Anne —
All of Russia
!”

Marina Tsvetaeva, To Akhmatova. 9, 1916.
Marina T by Magda Nachman Acharya 
Amedeo Modigliani, Sketches of Anna Akhmatova, 1911

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