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Re: Empress Elizaveta Alekseevna, wife of Alexander I
« Reply #195 on: August 24, 2014, 06:45:40 AM »
And one more, in colour


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« Reply #196 on: August 27, 2014, 09:30:21 AM »
Another portrait of Elizabeth Alexeievna when she was still grand duchess. From the Pavlovsk Palace. Click to enlarge!


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« Reply #197 on: September 02, 2014, 08:36:01 AM »
Found this as Elizabeth Alexeievna from Celia Rose Antiques.


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« Reply #198 on: December 06, 2014, 03:28:39 AM »

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Re: Empress Elizaveta Alekseevna, wife of Alexander I
« Reply #199 on: December 12, 2014, 01:49:33 PM »
Interesting "wings"


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Re: Empress Elizaveta Alekseevna, wife of Alexander I
« Reply #200 on: December 26, 2014, 05:58:59 PM »


Elizaveta Alexeievna, from vk.com.

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Re: Empress Elizaveta Alekseevna, wife of Alexander I
« Reply #201 on: February 01, 2015, 02:13:35 AM »
This one was labeled as Elizaveta Alexeievna. Ive never seen it before and so many portraits look quite different from each other, that I am not even sure...


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« Reply #202 on: February 01, 2015, 11:05:42 AM »
It is a portrait of Queen Louise of Prussia by Josef Grassi, versions of which can be seen here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louise_of_Mecklenburg-Strelitz and here: http://arrayedingold.blogspot.co.uk/2011/08/napoleons-beautiful-enemy-louise-of.html

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Re: Empress Elizaveta Alekseevna, wife of Alexander I
« Reply #203 on: April 24, 2015, 02:35:41 PM »
Thank you Kate!

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I wanted to ask, if there is any biography on the Empress in English? Also, I undertand that Grand Duke Nikolai Mikhailovich wrote her biography, but has anyone here ever read it?

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« Reply #204 on: April 24, 2015, 08:00:09 PM »
Thank you Kate!

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I wanted to ask, if there is any biography on the Empress in English? Also, I undertand that Grand Duke Nikolai Mikhailovich wrote her biography, but has anyone here ever read it?

I have only seen a copy of Nikolai Mikhailovich's biography of Elizaveta Alexeievna once, and that was on a site for rare books.  Unfortunately, Nicholas I had his sister-in-law's diaries destroyed when she died, so Nikolai Mikhailovich did not have them to use as a primary source, but he did have the letters she wrote to her mother, in which she was very candid.

I don't think there are any biographies of her in English, but there is information about her in Alexander I by Henri Troyat--I think this is where I learned about the Nikolai Mikhailovich book.  Apparently, Nikolai wanted to include a chapter about Elizaveta Alexeievna's extramarital affairs (particularly her relationship with Alexei Okhotnikov), but Nicholas II would not allow him to do so. 

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Re: Empress Elizaveta Alekseevna, wife of Alexander I
« Reply #206 on: January 06, 2016, 01:46:49 PM »
Coronation robes of Empress Elizaveta Alexeevna 1801, found at fripperiesandfobs.tumblr

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Re: Empress Elizaveta Alekseevna, wife of Alexander I
« Reply #207 on: January 09, 2016, 07:27:30 AM »
I have stumbled upon this image and wondered if anyone had any kind of information about it? It looks very informal, is there a story behind it?


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« Reply #208 on: January 09, 2016, 12:24:48 PM »
It looks like a take on the classical story of Butades' daughter Kora/Callirhoe (or just The Maid of Corinth) who was said (by Pliny the Elder) to have invented painting by tracing the shadow of her beloved on a wall (from which her father then invented the modelling of clay portraits).  Apparently this myth had a revival of popularity during the eighteenth century.  Rousseau, in his 'Essai sur l'origine des langues' commented that "Love, it is said, was the inventor of drawing" so perhaps this is a comment on how madly in love the young grand ducal couple were meant to be. The poet William Hayley in 'An Essay on painting' suggested (in verse) that the Maid of Corinth was moved to make the painting because of her lover's impending departure and her need to keep a reminder of his face with her and there is some hint of this in that a soldier appears to be leading away the grand duke's horse - possibly a sign of his impending departure on some military duty - while a statue of cupid (love again, of course) is possibly throwing his shadow on the wall via the torches he is holding. 

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« Reply #209 on: January 10, 2016, 03:50:43 AM »
That is extremely romantic and I believe explains the image perfectly! Thank you, I defintiely learned something new today!