The Coronation of Empress Marie Feodorovna on 5 April 1797
After 1826 (1836?)
- oil on canvas. 60 x 95
Received in 1928 from the State Museum Fund
- Сollection of Princess Zinaida Yusupova, St Petersburg
Empress Marie Feodorovna was crowned together with her husband on 5 April 1797. This solemn ceremony, which was marked by great magnificence and a painstakingly prepared ritual, traditionally took place in the Moscow Kremlin’s Cathedral of the Dormition whose interior was decorated with ancient frescoes. The artist has shown the moment when Marie Feodorovna kneels before Paul and he places the imperial crown on her head.