The Winter Palace in St. Petersburg has been waiting to share its intimate details in English.
It is a story of a palace of immense size and of an Imperial family of immense wealth. It is a story of the daily public and intimate life in the palace that was loved and disdained and withstood decades of changes.
Wednesday, 29 April 2020
Nicholas I and Empress Alexandra’s Bedroom in the Winter Palace
In 1826 the former apartment of Alexander I and
Empress Elizabeth was reconstructed for Nicholas and Alexandra on the 2nd
floor of the Winter Palace. Archival documents describe the new interiors but
there have been few images of the rooms before the palace was destroyed in the 1837 fire until now.
A rare watercolor (below) of Nicholas and
Alexandra’s Bedroom (184) before the 1837 fire
E. Hau’s watercolor c1859 (below) of the Bedroom (note
the architect Briullov retained many architectural details)