• Portrait of Tsesarevich Alexei with a marginal portrait of his sisters – Tatiana, Anastasia, Maria and Olga

    Artist:
    Rundaltsov, Mikhail. 1871-1935
    Technique:
    etching
    Dimensions:
    89,5х62,8 cm

Rundaltsov, Mikhail. 1871-1935

Portrait of Tsesarevich Alexei with a marginal portrait of his sisters – Tatiana, Anastasia, Maria and Olga

Russia, St Petersburg, 1911

Grand Duke and Tsesarevich Alexei Nikolayevich (1904–1918), the only son of Emperor Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, suffered all his life from haemophilia. Understanding the tragic condition of the heir to the throne, his parents carefully protected him from anything that might cause physical suffering. One contemporary recorded that “he was intelligent, noble-minded, kind, sympathetic and constant in his affections and feelings. While he was completely devoid of pride, his being was filled with the thought that he was the future tsar: as a consequence, he behaved with tremendous dignity. Familiar with suffering due to the disease, he displayed a great sensitivity towards the unfortunate and deprived and never let slip an opportunity to do something pleasant for those around him. In short, in the opinion of all who knew Tsesarevich Alexei Nikolayevich well, he represented in mind and character the ideal of a Russian tsar.” Alexei Nikolayevich was shot together with the rest of his family in Yekaterinburg on the night of 16 July 1918. He was canonized in 2008 by the Russian Orthodox Church.

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Portrait of Tsesarevich Alexei with a marginal portrait of his sisters – Tatiana, Anastasia, Maria and Olga

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etching

Dimensions:

89,5х62,8 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1967; handed over from the Central Academic Library of the State Hermitage Museum

Inventory Number:

ЭРГ-30246

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