Anna Karenina Part 5, Chapter 13 Summary

Leo Tolstoy

Part 5, Chapter 13 Summary

Mihailov sold Vronsky his painting and agrees to paint a portrait of Anna Karenina. After just the fifth sitting, the portrait impresses everyone who sees it. Not only has Mihailov portrayed her beauty, but he has also captured her beautiful nature. Vronsky is perplexed and wonders how this stranger has discovered the “sweetest expression of her soul,” though Vronsky himself only learned that secret after seeing the portrait. Vronsky, after working so long on his own portrait of her, is amazed that Mihailov simply looks, sees, and paints.

Golenishtchev assures Vronsky he will one day be able to paint in such a way, partly because he believes Vronsky has talent and partly because he needs Vronsky’s...

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