• Portrait of Prince Anton Ulrich of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel

    Artist:
    Anonymous Artist
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    35х29 cm

Anonymous Artist

Portrait of Prince Anton Ulrich of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel

Russia, late 1740-1741

Prince Anton Ulrich of Brunswick-Lüneburg (1714–1774) was the father of Emperor Ivan VI. He arrived in Russia in 1733 as the future husband of Princess Anna Leopoldovna (the niece of Empress Anna Ioannovna), but their marriage was delayed until she came of age in 1739. Anton Ulrich remained in the country and entered Russian military service. In 1740, when his wife became regent for their infant son Ivan, he was made Generalissimus of the Russian forces. After the coup of 25 November 1741 brought Empress Elizabeth to the throne, he was arrested and banished to Kholmogory in the Russian North, where he remained under guard until his death. The portrait shows the Prince wearing armour and an ermine-trimmed mantle. Next to him is a knightly helmet on a stool, while behind him to the left a ducal crown rests on a cushion, indicating his lofty status.

Title:

Portrait of Prince Anton Ulrich of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel

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Technique:

oil

Dimensions:

35х29 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1946; handed over from The State Museum of Ethnography of Peoples of the USSR, Leningrad

Inventory Number:

ЭРЖ-557

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