Portrait of Tsesarevna Elizabeth Petrovna
Study. 1724 (?)
- oil on canvas. 56.5 x 50 (oval)
Received in 1923 from Academy of Arts
- Provenance: Winter Palace (until April 1764); later – Imperial Hermitage (from April 1764); Museum of the Academy of Arts (from 1765?)
Elizabeth Petrovna (December 18, 1709 – December 25, 1761)
Tsarevna, daughter of Peter the Great and Catherine Alexeyevna, awarded the title of Tsesarevna on December 23, 1721. Became Empress on November 25, 1741. Crowned on 25 April, 1742.
The “Inventory of the Imperial Hermitage” published in 1913 mentions a “shoulder-length portrait [of Elizabeth], which was painted when she was a tsesarevna, uncompleted.” New research established that the portrait is a study to the portrait by Louis Caravaque that was acquired by the State Hermitage and is dated 1724.