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Re: Empress Maria Alexandrovna,wife of Alexander II - discussion and pictures
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« Reply #136 on: September 30, 2007, 12:02:17 PM »
Hi,

Thank you Gogm, Ashanti and Synnadene so much for these wonderful pictures of Maria Alexandrovna.
She strikes me as very sad but intelligent;  she always seems to posed with books, a mark of intelligence.....

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Re: Empress Maria Alexandrovna,wife of Alexander II - discussion and pictures
« Reply #137 on: October 13, 2007, 11:49:55 AM »
Portrait by Heyn, 1857 year.


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Re: Empress Maria Alexandrovna,wife of Alexander II - discussion and pictures
« Reply #138 on: October 13, 2007, 11:58:35 AM »
That's a gorgeous portrait. Everybody knows and has seen the Winterhalter portrait, but there are many more that should be where people can see them. :)

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Re: Empress Maria Alexandrovna,wife of Alexander II - discussion and pictures
« Reply #139 on: October 14, 2007, 09:39:53 PM »
Portrait by Heyn, 1857 year.




so BEAUTIFUL! thanks svetabel!  :)

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Re: Empress Maria Alexandrovna,wife of Alexander II - discussion and pictures
« Reply #140 on: October 14, 2007, 10:03:53 PM »
lovely pictures....i always felt so sorry for Maria Alexandrovna....

here are two i had in my photobucket








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Re: Empress Maria Alexandrovna,wife of Alexander II - discussion and pictures
« Reply #141 on: October 15, 2007, 01:07:48 AM »
The last one I posted at the thread on Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna. :)

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« Reply #142 on: October 15, 2007, 02:25:13 AM »
i love that one!
she looked like such a happy mother in that picture... :)


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Re: Empress Maria Alexandrovna,wife of Alexander II - discussion and pictures
« Reply #143 on: October 15, 2007, 03:57:08 AM »

she looked like such a happy mother in that picture... :)

Really? For me she looks sad and tired.

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« Reply #144 on: October 15, 2007, 09:01:58 AM »
she was always sick correct?
i mean i heard that she was a frail and sickly woman....
was it because of stress or heartbreak? or was something actually wrong with her?


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Re: Empress Maria Alexandrovna,wife of Alexander II - discussion and pictures
« Reply #145 on: October 15, 2007, 03:57:16 PM »
Hi,

Maria Alexandrovna suffered from tuberculosis and was prone to influenza and pneumonia;  all of which doomed her to live in Russia.

At the beginning of her time there in the 1840's and 50's, she seemed healthy and active.  She headed the Russian Red Cross and encouraged her husband in liberal thinking and freeing the Serfs.
She did found and operate schools and hospitals and orphanages in Russia;  so she did accomplish much during her healthy years.  These works were continued by her daughter and daughters-in-law......
But after 1860 and the last of her many pregnancies, she slowly went downhill and lived mostly in Southern Italy and the French Riviera.
She was pretty much a recluse during her later times in Russia and was seldom seen in public.

Her eldest son, Nicholas, also had TB and died in Nice in 1865.
Maria died in 1880.

Larry
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« Reply #146 on: October 15, 2007, 04:04:16 PM »
awww...thats so sad  :(
 thanks for the info on Maria Vecchiolarry.


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Does anyone know who the ladies are depicted here during Empress Maria's Lying-in-State ?


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I was reading this thread and since nobody has posted in it for a while (more than a year) if anyone feels this post should be deleted/moved please do so. 

I don't think anyone was scandalized that Alexander II had a mistress, this was something that most/all royals had I believe that the problem was the way he treated Ekaterina, he almost treated her as his wife. 

And for those who say that Maria Alexandrovna should be happy because Alexander II didn't divorce her that is not a remotely fair argument.  Divorce among lesser royals (younger line princes/princesses) was not common but happened none the less.  Divorce between the reigning Tsar and Tsarina would have been a scandal of unknown proportions. 

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I agree with you that divorce between the reigning Tsar and Tsarina was unthinkable.  But as far a scandalous, IMO the relationship was more of a slap in the face to the dying Empress.  And certainly a perceived threat to the rest of the Romanov family.