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Portrait of Tsarevna Natalia Alexeyevna, Sister of Peter I

  • Late 1700s (?)
  • oil on canvas
  • 77 x 62 (oval)
  • Ж-3936
  • Received in 1925 from the State Hermitage

Natalia Alexeyevna (August 22, 1673 – June 18, 1716). Favorite sister of Peter the Great, Tsarevna; daughter of Tsar Alexis I Mikhailovich and his second wife Natalia Naryshkina. After Tsatitsa Eudoxia Lopukhina, Peter’s first wife, was made to take the veil in 1698, Peter’s son the young Tsarevich Alexis stayed with Tsarevna Natalila in the village of Preobrazhenskoye. Peter later also sent Marta Skowrońska (baptized as Catherine with Tsarevich Alexis becoming her godfather) to stay with Natalia. Two sisters of Alexander Menshikov also stayed at the court of the tsarevna. Starting from 1708 Natalia lived in St Petersburg.

The portrait might have been created at the end of the Moscow period of Natalia’s life, or during its Petersburg period (from 1708). Today, portraits of Natalia Alexeyevna can be found in the collections of the State Russian Museum and the State Tretyakov Gallery and are currently dated: before 1716 (?), and 1714–1715.


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