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

Shared Heritage

Our project started with a thought that we shared: there is a lot of history and heritage that connects us, in Russia and in the Netherlands. Many people know about Peter the Great, some know about the Hanze trading route, which connects cities like Zutphen and Novgorod and many cities in between. And still few people know that Romanov princess Anna became queen of the Netherlands in the early 19th century. More important, she brought a rich culture to the Netherlands and also integrated successfully into the Dutch culture and influenced it for the better. This makes Anna a role model for cultural exchange.
Nowadays we can still find traces of this exchange, like the Dutch gardens at Gatchina Palace near St-Petersburg, or the shape of Paleis Soestdijk, that resembles Pavlovsk Palace, also near St-Petersburg.

We started to share ideas, visited the related palaces and thought about it how to explore, investigate and communicate about this shared heritage.
From the start we were supported by Dutch Culture and the Shared Heritage Fund and by the Netherlands consulate-general in St-Petersburg. Recently they confirmed that we will be supported financially also. We hope other funds will join too, so we can make this shared heritage accessible and experienced by as many people as possible and make sure a cultural exchange between two befriended countries will be continued.

From St Petersburg to Den Haag

This website will share information about the shared heritage project ‘Home in two cultures’ and the partners that cooperate in this project. This project investigates the connection between at least 7 palaces in Russia and the Netherlands where Anna Pavlovna lived, learned and loved. The aim of this project is to tell stories that make this shared heritage relevant for nowadays audiences.


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