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

1 comment:

  1. Standards of beauty are so very changeable. I do think she was a rather handsome woman. Striking rather than beautiful. And her portrait by Winterhalter is one of my favorites of his work. : )