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  • Portrait of Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna

    Artist:
    Krüger, Franz. 1797-1857
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    46,5x40 cm

Krüger, Franz. 1797-1857

Portrait of Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna

Germany, 1836

Alexandra Feodorovna (1798–1860) was born Princess Charlotte, the daughter of King Frederick William III of Prussia and Queen Louise. In 1817, before her marriage to Grand Duke Nikolai Pavlovich (the future Nicholas I), she converted to Orthodoxy and took a new name. This picture was painted in May–August 1836, when Krüger made two portraits of the Empress in St Petersburg. The first, a formal depiction in a stylized Russian dress and kokoshnik headdress, was shown at the academy exhibition in 1836 and, judging by contemporary comments, was not well received. The character of the model was itself probably at odds with such a showily grand depiction. On the other hand, the more intimate Hermitage portrait can be numbered among the artist’s successes. The Empress is in the drawing room of her beloved residence, known as the Cottage, in suburban Peterhof, posing in riding dress just before or after an outing on horseback. The Empress probably gave this portrait to her maid-of-honour Anna Sheremeteva in 1839.

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Portrait of Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna

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oil

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46,5x40 cm

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Entered the Hermitage in 1924; handed over from the State Museum Fund; originally in the Sheremetev family collection in Petrograd

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ГЭ-5759

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