Death Mask of Peter I
- Bronze. 29 х 20,5 х 12
Received in 1930 from the Stroganov Palace
Peter I (the Great; 1672–1725) was the younger son of the Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich. He became Tsar in 1682 (until 1696, he ruled jointly with his brother Ivan V). From 1721, he was the first Emperor of All the Russias.
On the day that Peter the Great died the Italian Carlo Bartolomeo Rastrelli, who had created a whole series of sculptures of the Emperor, was called to the palace to make plaster casts of his face, hands and feet, and also to make accurate measurements of his body. Peter’s death mask was subsequently cast in bronze.
The death mask was received by the Russian Museum in 1930 from the Stroganov Palace.