Tsarskoe Selo takes part in the exhibition Love, Tragedy and Duty: Hessian Princesses in Russian History at the Icon Museum of Frankfurt from 20 December 2017 to 25 February 2018.
Organized by the State Museum and Exhibition Center ROSIZO of Russia’s Ministry of Culture and conceived by the Charity Traditions Revival Foundation, this large-scale project showcases artifacts from some private collection and leading museums in Russia and Germany.
On display are portraits, photographs, belongings, letters and documents of four princesses (see above, click to enlarge) from the House of Hesse-Darmstadt who were significant in Russian history: Princess Wilhelmina Louisa of Hesse-Darmstadt (later Tsar Paul I’s spause Natalia Alexeievna), Princess Marie of Hesse and by Rhine (later Tsar Alexander II’s spouse Maria Alexandrovna), Princess Elisabeth of Hesse and by Rhine (later Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna of Russia, the spouse of Alexander III’s brother, Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich), and Princess Alix of Hesse and by Rhine (later Tsar Nicholas II’s spouse Alexandra Feodorovna).
Over 500 exhibits came from the State Hermitage, Russian Museum, Tretyakov Gallery, State Historical Museum, State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Peterhof, Pavlovsk, State Archive of the Russian Federation, and others.
Tsarskoe Selo loaned to the exhibition 25 art objects (see some below, click to enlarge) from our collections of French glassware, fine bronzes, clothing and paintings, including watercolours by Eduard Hau and Luigi Premazzi.
Above, left: Heiligenberg Castle Near Jugenheim, oil on canvas by Iohann Heinrich Schilbach.
Above, right: Emperor Alexander II and Empress Maria Alexandrovna
in Mirror Study of Great Tsarskoe Selo (Catherine) Palace,
watercolour of 1856 by Eduard Hau.
Below, left: Prayer Room of Empress Alexandra at Our Lady Feodorovskaya Imperial Cathedral
in Tsarskoe Selo, oil on canvas by Leonid Syrnev.
Below, middle: Civilian Frock Coat of Emperor Alexander II.
Below, right: French Vase by Émile Gallée, Nancy, 1907-14.