Architect A. P. Brullov brilliantly mastered the technique of watercolours. Portraits performed by him are easy and exquisite in colour, delicate in drawing. Usually the artist began their performance with a quick but fairly detailed pencil sketch, over which he painted with a brush. The paper usually shone through a thin layer of watercolours, giving lightness to the whole image.
The inscription on the stone indicates the years of the artist’s stay in Italy — 1823–1826, which were followed by a break, when Brullov was in France, and return to Italy in 1830, marked by the creation of a self-portrait, a kind of a declaration of love to this country.