• Portrait of Empress Maria Alexandrovna

    Artist:
    Winterhalter, Franz Xaver. 1806-1873
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    130,0x95,5 cm

Winterhalter, Franz Xaver. 1806-1873

Portrait of Empress Maria Alexandrovna

France, 1857

Here we see the Russian Empress Maria Alexandrovna (1824-1880), nee Princess of Hesse, daughter of the Duke of Hesse-Darmstadt, Ludwig II, wife of Alexander II and mother of Alexander III. In accordance with a tradition which dated back to the time of Maria Fyodovna, wife of Paul I (reigned 1796-1801), Maria Alexandrovna was patroness of many charitable organisations in Russia, in particular the Red Cross. With her assistance, schools and girls colleges were set up across the country. Due to her fragile health, Maria Alexandrovna lived a very retired life in her last years. In this portrait by the famous society painter Franz Winterhalter, she is shown standing in slight three-quarter view. The elegant crossed arms and rich attire, the luxurious jewels and fan, create an imposing picture of a lady of society. But there is a barely noticeable incline of the head, a pale wanness to the serious, thoughtful gaze, which tell us that Maria Alexandrovna was in fact totally immersed in her own internal world.

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Portrait of Empress Maria Alexandrovna

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oil

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130,0x95,5 cm

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Entered the Hermitage in 1926; formerly in the Winter Palace, in the private apartments of Alexander II

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ГЭ-7539

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