This is a four-part lecture on the art of the Romanov Dynasty that includes a video and a written essay. During Part 1 we learned of the rise of the Romanov family and the crowning of the first Romanov tsar, Michael I. The first 100 years of the Romanov Dynasty was a period of barbarianism as Russia struggled through the Middle Ages for hundreds of years longer than Europe. The next 100 years, the period covered during Part 2, is a time of westernization for Russia; as two of their most famous tsars, Peter the Great and Catherine the Great steer their country into the future.
This article looks at the artwork in Stefan Zweig's famous biography of Marie Antoinette. The article includes work by Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun, Jeanne Pierre Houel, Marino Bovi (Engraver), Domenico Pellegrini (Painter), Thomas Falcon Marshall, Edward Matthew Ward, and Auguste Raffet.
Artist, Cathy Locke, talks about the early years of learning portraiture, as well as great masters such as “father of American portraiture,” John Singer Sargent and the "Rembrandt of Russia," Ilya Repin.
In 1874, Amélie Beaury-Saurel enrolled at the Académie Julian, and in 1895 she married the founder Rodolphe Julian. She achieved noted success as a portraitist, earning medals in the Paris Salon. After Julian’s death Beaury-Saurel became director of the Académie, a position she held until her death in 1924.
An extremely talented, yet unknown Russian female painter, Maria Yakunchikova-Weber, is celebrated by the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow with an exhibition that marks her 150th anniversary.