Wednesday, 1 November 2017
Profile of Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna
Maria, the eldest daughter of Nicholas I and Alexandra, was born on August 6th 1819. Short of stature, it was noticed how much she resembled her father.
Photograph (below) of the profile of Grand Duchess Maria c1840s
With Nicholas’ classic Greek profile and tall figure, the emperor was considered one of the most handsome men in Europe.
Christian Daniel Rauch’s sculpture (below) of Nicholas I in the 1820s
Portrait (below) of Nicholas I c1840s
It is perplexing that Maria was called the most beautiful of the three daughters. The contemporary view may have been influenced by the esteem held for Catherine the Great that both Nicholas and Maria resembled.
V. Ericksen’s painting (below) of the profile of Catherine the Great