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  • Portrait of Grand Duke Pavel Petrovich

    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    88,5x69,5 cm

Portrait of Grand Duke Pavel Petrovich

Russia, 18th century

Grand Duke Pavel Petrovich, the future Emperor Paul I (1754–1801) was the son of Empress Catherine II and Peter the Great’s grandson, Emperor Peter III. He succeeded his mother in November 1796 and was killed by conspirators on 12 March 1801, after which his eldest son took the throne as Alexander I. The young Grand Duke is depicted wearing an admiral’s uniform with gold embroidery and an ermine mantle, is depicted wearing a silver brocade gown and ermine mantle, with the star and sash of the Order of St Andrew the First-Called and the Order of St Anne. On 20 December 1762, at the age of eight, the Grand Duke was made Admiral General of the Russian Navy, after which he was often shown in portraits in naval uniform. The composition of this work is based on a type of formal portrait common in Western European painting of the 17th and 18th centuries showing a monarch or military commander holding a baton that rests on a cushion lying in front of him. In this case the prototype for the depiction of the Tsesarevich was most probably a portrait of his father while still Grand Duke Piotr Feodorovich, painted in 1743 by Georg Christoph Grooth.

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Portrait of Grand Duke Pavel Petrovich

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oil

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88,5x69,5 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1946; transferred from the Museum of the Ethnography of the Peoples of the USSR

Inventory Number:

ЭРЖ-575

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