State Hermitage, St. Petersburg

Portrait of Peter I

18th century

The iconographical type of the painting originates from Adriaan Schoonebeek’s engraving, which is a full-length picture of Peter wearing a kaftan and a cuirass, with a mantle lined with ermine and a hat with curved brims decorated with feathers, and a wig with long curls coming down to his shoulders. The painting is a shoulder-length variant of the engraving, and is fairly similar to it in the details of the clothes, the body’s position and the way the artist depicted the face of the young tsar.

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