Sunday, 10 December 2017

The Artist stands in for Nicholas II

On Monday January 30th 1895 in the Anichkov Palace, Nicholas II had his ‘first sitting with Repin, Antokolsky and Vasyutinsky as they painted and sculpted me from all angles at the same time. This lasted for more than an hour – a bore!’ 

Nicholas had another sitting with Repin and Antokolsky the following Monday on February 6th.

The artist Ilya Repin had his photograph taken of him standing in St. George’s Hall in the Winter Palace (below) for the background of his portrait of the emperor.

Repin’s Portrait (below) of Nicholas II

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