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    Sale 1989

    Russian Art

    18 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 7

    After Dmitrii Grigorievich Levitskii

    Portrait of Emperor Alexander I of Russia (1777-1825)

    Price Realised  

    After Dmitrii Grigorievich Levitskii
    Portrait of Emperor Alexander I of Russia (1777-1825)
    oil on canvas
    24¼ x 19½ in. (61.6 x 49.6 cm.)


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    Provenance

    Formerly from the Collection of the Demidoff Family.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF PRINCESS ELIZABETH OF YUGOSLAVIA


    Post Lot Text

    Dmitrii G. Levitskii was one of the first artists in Russia who mastered the genre of child portraiture, often painting portraits of children from the Imperial family. In 1787 he was commissioned to portray Grand Duke Aleksandr Pavlovich, future Emperor Aleksandr I. The natural yet porcelain-like features of the child convey the innocence as well as the impenetrability of the future emperor. The original portrait of Grand Duke Aleksandr Pavlovich is considered to be one of Levitskii's masterpieces. Empress Catherine II, who fell in love with the portrait, later commissioned Levitskii to paint portraits of the Grand Duchesses Alexandra, Yelena, Maria, and Ekaterina.