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Re: Emperor Alexander and Princess Ekaterina Dolgoroukaya
« Reply #225 on: September 17, 2017, 05:31:40 AM »
Sensational rediscovery of a Russian imperial portrait
http://auktionsverket.com/news/sensational-rediscovery-russian-imperial-portrait/

Stockholms Auktionsverk has been commissioned to sell Konstantin Makovsky's magnificent portrait of Her Serene Highness Princess Yuryevskaya - the second, morganatic wife of Russian Emperor Alexander II.

The portrait depicts Catherine Dolgorukova (1847-1922), from 1880 her Imperial Highness Princess Yuryevskaya, the second, morganatic, wife of  Russian Emperor Alexander II.


Lol, one could think this description was written by Norwegians! I thought the Swedes were a bit more fussy about the finer titular nuances.

The portrait strikes me as almost indecently private. She looks fluttered and like she just has thrown on a crumpled dress after a romp in bed with her old lover. Shockingly morganatic indeed!
« Last Edit: September 17, 2017, 05:36:35 AM by Превед »
Березы севера мне милы,
Их грустный, опущённый вид,
Как речь безмолвная могилы,
Горячку сердца холодит.

(Афанасий Фет: Ивы и березы, 1843 / 1856)

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Re: Emperor Alexander and Princess Ekaterina Dolgoroukaya
« Reply #226 on: September 17, 2017, 07:22:34 PM »
Lol, one could think this description was written by Norwegians! I thought the Swedes were a bit more fussy about the finer titular nuances.

The portrait strikes me as almost indecently private. She looks fluttered and like she just has thrown on a crumpled dress after a romp in bed with her old lover. Shockingly morganatic indeed!

Her ankle appears to be on full display on a soft stool cushion as well!!!!

according to the description below:
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s Sergei Makovsky recalled, at the beginning of summer of 1880, the young Imperial couple retired to the Livadia Palace in the Crimea. Work immediately began on three portraits: that of the emperor, of his young wife, and of their children: George, Olga and Catherine. The atmosphere in which these works were created was the warmest. Sergei Makovsky recalls: "In the Livadia atmosphere, he (the emperor E.N.) impressed everyone by his simplicity and cordiality. As the portraits of his wife, son and daughters were being painted, he attended all the sessions, gave cautious advice, joked, affectionately scolded the naughty Gogu, and as a parting gift gave his father (K.E. Makovsky-E.N) candy and flowers to his "beautiful wife" (Yu.P. Makovsky-EN) ".

Empress Maria Alexandrovna died on June 3, 1880!!!!! I knew his behavior after her death was disgusting but still the more you hear about it the more upset one gets. And Alexander had the nerve to be upset with the rest of his family and their behavior, ugh
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Re: Emperor Alexander and Princess Ekaterina Dolgoroukaya
« Reply #227 on: September 18, 2017, 04:22:07 AM »
I agree entirely.

Just for starters, Ekaterina's father made Alexander her guardian in the expectation that he would look after her, not seduce her!

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Re: Emperor Alexander and Princess Ekaterina Dolgoroukaya
« Reply #228 on: September 18, 2017, 09:16:13 AM »
Her ankle appears to be on full display on a soft stool cushion as well!!!!

Indeed!!!
*Fanning oneself*
Березы севера мне милы,
Их грустный, опущённый вид,
Как речь безмолвная могилы,
Горячку сердца холодит.

(Афанасий Фет: Ивы и березы, 1843 / 1856)