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Catherine ii

Explore the fascinating life and reign of Catherine II, also known as Catherine the Great. Discover how she shaped Russia's history and left a lasting impact on the world.
Gods and Foolish Grandeur: An empress, twice over - Catherine II by Vigilius Eriksen, circa 1762 Catherine Ii, Catherine The Great, History Girl, Women In History, Elizabeth Queen Of England, Russian Painting, People Of Interest, Imperial Russia, Royal Jewels

This has long been one of my favorite portraits and certainly my favorite portrait of the Empress - even though I'd never seen a decent image of it. It always looked quite dirty, with big patches of very yellowed varnish. It was unfortunate - and seemed rather odd - that such an important painting would be languishing in so poor a state. But now that it's been properly cleaned and restored, Eriksen's compositional and painterly skill can finally be fully appreciated. The artist painted the…

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