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Portrait of Empress Maria Feodorovna in pearl dress, 1880s, Kramskoy

Portrait of Empress Maria Feodorovna in pearl dress, 1880s, Kramskoy

Portrait of Empress Maria Fyodorovna in a pearl dress - Ivan Nikolaevich Kramskoy. 55x47

Russian painter and draftsman Ivan Nikolaevich Kramskoy (1837-1887) was versatilely gifted. He worked as a master of genre, historical and portraiture, and was a prominent art critic. Studying at the Imperial Academy of Arts, Kramskoy led the “Revolt of fourteen” artists who refused to write their final work on the theme of Norse mythology and asked to choose a theme on their own. The talent of Kramskoy, a portrait painter, was also highly appreciated by royal monks. In the 1880s he was ordered Portrait of Empress Maria Feodorovna, wife of Alexander III.

A magnificent ceremonial portrait shows a still quite young, fragile empress in a pearl dress. Amazing jewels do not overshadow the finely prescribed willful face of the ruler, who fell on the years of family happiness and terrible upheavals associated with the death of children and grandchildren in revolutionary times.


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