Portrait of Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna by Konstantin Makovsky

Portrait of Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna by Konstantin Makovsky

Konstantin Egorovich Makovsky began his artistic career as a member of the Association of the Wanderers, exhibiting with paintings on the theme of the daily life of the people. However, over time, his interests changed, and from the 1880s he became a successful portrait salon artist.

Maria Nikolaevna was the third daughter of Emperor Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra Feodorovna. Four sisters were friendly with each other, but Mary was considered to be the universal favorite. Looking at the picture of Makovsky, it seems that the girl in a light white dress, pulling the doll to herself, sat down for a minute

to pose for the artist. Another moment, and she would slide off the big chair and rush to play with her sisters.

The tutor of the royal children wrote that Maria was distinguished by good health and kindheartedness, she was beautiful, although a little large for her age, for which her relatives jokingly called her “good fat Tutu”. However, the princess did not take offense at all. The fate of the young girl was tragic. In July 1918, Maria, together with the entire imperial family, was shot by the Bolsheviks in Yekaterinburg.

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