In honour of the 400th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty, Kolomenskoye is hosting an exhibition which includes portraits of members of the Russian imperial family from Emperor Peter II (1715-1730) to Emperor Alexander II (1818-1881).
On display are magnificent formal portraits by George Dawe from the Ostankino Palace collection dating from the 19th-century. Emperor Alexander II visited Ostankino in 1855, while he was in Moscow preparing for his coronation ceremony.
Also on display are works recently acquired from the famous connoisseur and collector of Russian portrait miniature V.E. Ratner. Many of the three hundred items are of exceptionally high quality and on display for the first time.
Among the artists represented are outstanding Russian and Western European miniaturists: D. Bossi, J. Benner, A. Klyunder, AP Rockstuhl, N.A.Salnikov, P. Rossi, A. Lagrene, A. Winterhalter, JB Isabey, C. Robertson.
These portraits are very characteristic of 18th-19th century Russian aristocratic culture - presenting an abundance of royal portraits, from both public places and private homes.
The portraits reveal the private lives of the royal family. Taking special place in the exhibition are portraits of Emperor Alexander I. The time of Alexander I was considered a great period of Russian history. The emperor is remembered for the extraordinary, and enthusiastic admiration of his subjects. His defeat of Napoleon in the battlefields spread this admiration far beyond Russia. The emperor himself, who was considered a youth endowed with "angelic" beauty, willingly posed for the artist.
The 1825 Pavilion at Kolomenskoye, erected for the reception of the Emperor - is an appropriate place to remember one of the greatest rulers of Russia, and with him and his predecessors and successors.
The exhibition runs until in the Palace Hall of the 1825 Pavilion at Kolomenskoye in Moscow.
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 24 April, 2013