Grand Duchess Vladimir – the last Grand Dame of Imperial Russia

A talk by Michael Carr | Thursday 5 December 6PM

The Grand Duchess Vladimir stands as one of the most fascinating figures in the Russian Imperial family during the last decades of Romanov rule. After her marriage to Grand Duke Vladimir, the third son of Alexander II, she quickly transformed from a shy, unsophisticated woman into the toast of Saint Petersburg society. Socially ambitious, stubborn (unlike all the other princesses marrying into the Russian Imperial family, she refused to convert to Orthodoxy), unfailingly regal, and stylish, she set herself up as a rival to the last two empresses, and promoted the interests of her sons with single-mindedness.

Today, she is chiefly remembered for her passion for jewellery. In a short period of time, she acquired a collection of diamonds, emeralds, rubies and sapphires second only to the Imperial collection itself. A number of her most important pieces were acquired by Queen Mary after the Revolution for the British Royal Collection and indeed one of her most famous tiaras, still known as the Vladimir tiara, has always been a favourite of Queen Elizabeth II.

Do not miss Michael Carr’s lecture on this fascinating woman, Imperial Russia’s last arbiter of style and taste.


About the speaker…

Michael Carr is an art dealer and historian with over 20 years experience in handling major Australian and international paintings and sculptures. Michael has lectured to a variety of audiences including the AGNSW Society, the National Gallery of Australia and The David Roche Foundation. In June 2018 Michael gave a lecture on “Cartier: The Art of the Tiara” at the National Gallery of Australia as part of the NGA’s Cartier exhibition. This is his third time speaking in Adelaide for The David Roche Foundation.

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