Drawing by Anna Pavlovna from the Het Loo Palace collection

John the Baptist with the Lamb of God
Murillo, Bartolomé Esteban and Anna Pavlovna, Grand Duchess of Russia, Queen of the Netherlands. 1813. Paper, chalk, linen, wood, glass. 177 cm x 121 cm. Palace Het Loo.

Anna Pavlovna (1795-1865) practiced drawing and painting all her life as a hobby. Partly thanks to the lessons she got from professional artists, such as the Swiss miniature painter François Ferrière, she reached a reasonable level in this art form.

The drawing ‘John the Baptist with the Lamb of God’ is a copy after a painting by the Spanish painter Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617-1682) from around 1665. The original is now in the National Gallery in London, but there were at least three versions of it in St. Petersburg: in the collections of Prince Potemkin and Count Stroganoff and in the imperial collections.

The framed drawing was placed in the cabinet of Anna’s mother, Tsarina Maria Feodorovna, in the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg. From 1840 it was in Soestdijk Palace and later in Anna’s house Buitenrust in The Hague. Her descendants appreciated the work: Queen Wilhelmina put it in her sitting room in Noordeinde Palace. Now the drawing by Anna Pavlovna is part of the Het Loo Palace collection .

Collection Gelderland

Objects from Anna Pavlovna’s collection are presented at Boudoir exhibition at the Silver Museum in Schoonhaven, The Netherlands.

At the Silver Museum in Schoonhaven “Boudoir” exhibition is open till January 31, 2021. Curators reflect on a history of a boudoir and it’s functions. Choosing Madame de Pompadour as a “starting point” of a discussion they try to find out if there are connections between influential women of the past and beauty-vlogges of our days? At the exhibition mirrors, fans, jewellery, dresses from the collections of Queen Wilhelmina, Queen Emma, Grand Dutchess Anna Pavlovna and her sister Ekaterina Pavlovna can be seen.

More information: web-site of Silver Museum


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