In the Shadow of Catherine the Great: Dreams and Destinies of the Romanov Women
A presentation by art historian Eugene Barilo von Reisberg | Wednesday 16 October 6PM
This lecture will be focusing on the Russian Imperial Family during the successive reigns of Catherine II, Paul I, and Alexander I. It follows the lives of the Romanov women in the shadow of the formidable Empress; their menace under the rule of Paul I; and a greater visibility and autonomy during the reign of Alexander I. Apart from Catherine the Great, the lecture focuses on the Empress Maria Feodorovna, who bore her husband, Paul I, ten children and yet was implicated in his assassination in 1801; Anna Feodorovna, who escaped from her husband Constantine Pavlovich into a self-imposed exile in Switzerland; Anna Pavlovna, whose hand in marriage was sought by Napoleon I; Elena Pavlovna, who was instrumental in the Liberation of the Serfs, and other notable women of the Romanov dynasty. The lecture is richly illustrated with portraits by Borovikovsky, Bruillov, Dawe, Rokotov, Roslin, Vigée Le Brun, Winterhalter, and other notable painters.
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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Alexandre Roslin (1718-93). Portrait of Grand Duchess Maria Feodorovna of Russia (1759-1828). 1777. Oil on canvas. St Petersburg: The State Hermitage.