OTMA: The Four Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra

A presentation by art historian Eugene Barilo von Reisberg | Thursday 17 October 6PM

This lecture will be focusing on Olga, Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia, the four daughters of Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra of Russia. Just over one hundred years ago, in July 1918, the lives of these four accomplished young women were tragically cut short by the political and social upheavals of the era. The Grand Duchesses’ portraits will be deployed as a nexus between the idealised public image and the reality of life behind the palace doors. The lecture will also consider the extent to which photography was becoming gradually the preferred method of visual communication between the ruling dynasty and its people. The lecture concludes with an overview of the evolving posthumous narrative of the four young women, including false identity claims, influence on popular culture, and their cult in the post-Soviet Russia.


About the speaker…

Dr Eugene Barilo von Reisberg is a Melbourne-based scholar and art adviser, who shares his passion for art, history, and culture from the eighteenth century to the present day through regular lectures and publications. He has completed a doctoral dissertation on Franz Xaver Winterhalter (1805-1873), the nineteenth-century elite portrait specialist, and is currently working towards a catalogue raisonné of the artist’s works.



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The Boasson & Eggler Photographic Studio. Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia of Russia. 1914. Albumen print, digitally enhanced. Private Collection.

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