Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Empress Alexandra’s Study in the Winter Palace – Then and Now

The architect Alexander Krasovsky reconstructed the Study [185] on the 2nd floor of the Winter Palace for Empress Alexandra in 1895.

Photographs (below) of the Study today

In February 1899 Alexandra and her daughters Olga and Tatiana were sick. Nicholas II noted in his diary on Tuesday February 16th that ‘Alix at last got up and sat on the divan in the yellow room’. The following Monday the 22ndthe daughters were allowed to come upstairs to our quarters’.

Photographs (below) of the Study c1899

Photographs (below) of Nicholas II sitting in the ‘cozy corner’ with the platform and the corner today

The ceiling, window frames, parquet floor and door frames with gold trim in the former study have been restored.

3D Panorama of Empress Alexandra’s Study


  1. Great post Joanna!
    I love that they restored the ceiling, window frames, parquet floor and door frames with gold trim in the former study, its a pity all the beautiful furniture did not survive, or did it?
    I know this room had a couple changes through the years. What would be interesting to know is how many of the rooms have been through changes and is there anyway of showing these changes in one of your posts (just an idea that has been rattling around in my head)
    Ghostie x

  2. Thanks Ghostie. Many rooms remain the same i.e. Empress Marie Alexandrovna's. Most though retain some of the original elements. I love the idea of sharing then and now and will be posting in the future.

  3. I love Empress Maria's rooms as well as the first Empress Alexandra's rooms
    I really am looking forward to seeing the then and now in some of your future posts.
    Ghostie x

  4. I just discovered your great site. Thank you! I was wondering whether this is the room with the window etching? I'm visiting in August and would like to have a glance. Thank you!

  5. Thank you very much Matt. It is the room with the window etching [note in the last photo the window to the left of the candelabrum]. Take lots of photos of the Hermitage and share with us please!