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Nikolai Sverchkov. Николай I в санях. 1853. Oil on canvas. 73 х 92.The State Russian Museum
13 February 2019—16 June 2019
The sixth exhibition from the cycle “The Romanovs Family Saga” covers the personality and state affairs of Emperor Nicholas I, his foreign policy, the life of society, the imperial court and the royal family, as reflected in the works of painting, graphics, numismatics and decorative and applied arts. The exhibition is intended to designate how the key ideologeme of the epoch, proclaimed by the Minister of Public Education S. S. Uvarov, was realized in a fruitful and contradictory unity in artistic practice — “Orthodoxy, Autocracy, and Nationality,” for a long time considered an absolutely reactionary thesis.
Nicholas’s reign was a multifaceted and controversial era in which total ideological and political control, the establishment of censorship and the strengthening of the police in a seemingly paradoxical way, are combined with the flourishing of arts, architecture, journalism, art criticism, and literature. The emperor himself was keen on drawing — portraits and caricatures drawn by him have survived until the present day.

The exhibition includes a series of ceremonial portraits of Emperor Nicholas I, his associates (A. Menshikov, A. Benkendorf, I. Paskevich, and others) and members of the royal family, made by such artists and sculptors as George Dow, Franz Kruеger, Orest Kiprensky, Fyodor Tolstoy and others). Paintings and drawings, vases, porcelain sets, furniture, bronze, numismatic curiosities included in the exhibition give an idea of the panorama of the artistic life of a prosperous country, of the refined interiors of the royal residences and the peculiarities of the life of the highest court.
The dramatic problems of the historical path of Russia, which were designated at this time, are not ignored. Separate sections of the exhibition are devoted to operations on the fronts of the Russian-Turkish and Crimean Wars, and the journeys of the emperor and his family.

The exhibition is organized by the Russian Museum, whose rich collections comprise its most part. It also includes works provided by the State Hermitage Museum, the State Tretyakov Gallery, the State Historical Museum, the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Peterhof, Tsarskoye Selo, Pavlovsk, Gatchina Museum Reserves, the Military Historical Museum of Artillery, Engineering and Communications, the State Archives of the Russian Federation, and a number of other state museums and archives of Russia, as well as private collections.

George Dow. Portrait of Grand Duke Nicholas Pavlovich. 1823. Oil on canvas. 93,7 х 72,4. Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts Fyodor Tolstoy. Portrait of Nicholas I. 1857. Marble. 127 х 86 х 74. The State Russian Museum Louis Le Breton. The battle of Malakoff in September 1855. After 1855. Chromolitography on paper. The State Russian Museum Pyotr Sokolov. Portrait of count А. K. Benkendorf. Early 1840s. Watercolor and ceruse on cardboard. 43,9 х 34,5. The State Russian Museum George Dow. Portrait of Grand Duchess Alexandra Feodorovna with children. 1826. Oil on canvas. 277 х 187. The State Hermitage Vasiliy Sadovnikov. Opening of the monument to Nicholas I in Saint Petersburg. 1859. Watercolor and ceruse on paper. 28,9 х 22,7. The State Russian Museum

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