Portrait of Grand Duke Pavel Petrovich in childhood

The artist is Rokotov

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The work on the development of the portrait genre in Russia continues the work of one of the three recognized great portraitors of the 18th century – Fedor Rokotov.

A wonderful idea was to present two portraits of the same person at different ages nearby. As if you are leafing through an album and watch how a child grows, turns into a young man, becomes an adult. So, Grand Duke Pavel Petrovich, the future emperor Paul I, is depicted by Fedor Rokotov in childhood, at the age of seven, and the second time after a decade. In general, among children’s portraits, it is difficult to find protocol-bearing, even in the image of royal persons. They invariably carry a bright and ambiguous emotional coloring – a slight sadness, often with a nostalgic shade, sentimental tenderness, hidden or frankly delighted admiring. But the famous “Portrait of Pavel Petrovich in childhood” is a truly unique work. The thing is small in size, but unusually alive and pretty funny in nature. Inside the canvas, Pavel was imprisoned in an additional oval frame, for which the edge of the mining mantle jumped out playfully. Yes, and the colors here are childish-radical-a light red velvet crossed by a blue ribbon, white powdery hair. Little Pavel Petrovich himself is friendly and cheerful, however, if you peer, carefully, you can notice a questioning expression, as if even a kind of confusion, something similar to the alarm. The child is captured with amazing insight and, moreover, just in the main thing: in a combination of cheerfulness, simple -mindedness, sadness and anxiety. In his face, everything is filled with movement – and highly upturned eyebrows, and lips trembling in a cursory smile, and a quick, curious look. Russian painting did not know such a ability!

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Pavel I Petrovich (September 20 / October 1, 1754, St. Petersburg − March 12/24, 1801, St. Petersburg) − The son of Grand Duke Peter Fedorovich (Peter III) and Grand Duchess Ekaterina Alekseevna (Catherine II). Emperor All -Russian, Grand Master of the Maltese Order. Killed as a result of a noble conspiracy. Reigned from November 6/17, 1796 to 12/24 March 1801.

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Grand Duke Pavel Petrovich (1754–1801) – son of Empress Catherine II and Emperor Peter III. From 1796 to 1801, the Russian emperor. Since 1798 – the great grandmaster of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem (Maltese Order). Killed by the conspirators as a result of the palace coup on March 11, 1801.

Judging by the early portraits, Pavel Petrovich was distinguished by children’s attractiveness. “The Grand Duke has everything than attracting an individual of the opposite sex. Not being tall, he is handsome, perfectly complicated and pleasant in conversations and manners, ”wrote his contemporary. However, with age, the Grand Duke has lost his pretty, and the most characteristic detail of his appearance was a memorable snub nose, which, according to family legend, was a consequence of an unsuccessful fall from a horse (according to another version, from the stairs).

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