Sunday, 31 July 2016
Alexander Hall in the Winter Palace
The Alexander Hall was conceived by Nicholas I when reconstructing the Winter Palace after the fire in 1837. It was designed by A. Bruillov and dedicated to Alexander I and the 1812 Napoleonic Campaign.The large portrait of Alexander I in the Alexander Hall was painted by George Dawe.
Hau’s watercolor of the Alexander Hall 1861
Dawe’s Studio in the old Shepelevsky Palace (now New Hermitage)
During the 1920-30s, paintings and valuables were transferred between the palaces, historic rooms closed and various exhibitions installed.The photo below of the Catherine Palace in Tsarskoe Selo in 1944 has a similar painting of Alexander I. Is it the original portrait from the Winter Palace’s Alexander Hall or a copy, since numerous portraits were replicated in Dawe’s studio by order of Nicholas I after Alexander’s death?