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Circa 1650 – circa 1710

Portrait of Tsar Ioann V Alexeevich

  • Late January – early February 1696
  • oil on canvas
  • 127 х 100,5
  • Ж-3989
  • Received in 1925 from the State Hermitage (Romanov Gallery)

Ioann V Alexeyevich (August 27, 1666 - January 29, 1696). Tsar from the Romanov dynasty, elder brother and co-ruler of Peter the Great. He was crowned together with Peter the Great on June 25, 1682. On January 9, 1684 he married Praskovia Saltykova (October 12, 1664 – October 13, 1723). He had five daughters: Maria (March 21, 1689 – February 13, 1692), Feodosia (June 4, 1690 – 1690), Catherine (October 29, 1691 – June 14, 1733), Anna (January 28, 1693 – October 17, 1740), Praskovia (September 24, 1694 – October 8, 1731).

The original canvas, which was 89 x 63 cm, was extended along the perimeter; the hands we painted later. The painting’s technique and identification from X-ray photographs imply that the artist who created the painting was also the one who painted the portrait of Tsaritsa Natalia Kirillovna. The fact that the coat of armor worn by Tsar Ivan Alexeevich is black suggests that this is a “dormition” portrait completed at the end of January (Ivan Alexeevich died on January 29) – beginning of February in 1696.


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