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The Portrait Hall

Nicholas I was one of the first emperors who placed his and family members’ portraits in the palace. The Portrait Hall boasted one of the best portrait series by the German artist Franz Krüger, commissioned by the Russian Emperor.

The Portrait Hall was created in place of the Second State Hall, which was symmetrical to the Fourth State Hall (a.k.a. Billiard Hall, or Marble Drawing-Room). Both Second and Fourth Halls were classically decorated: artificial marble encrusted walls, vaulted ceilings with paints. Their furnishings included gilded furniture sets and other exquisite objects. Big mirrors in white wooden frames with gilt hung on the walls between the corner heat stoves made after a drawing by Giacomo Quarenghi.

Nicholas I was one of the first emperors who placed his and family members’ portraits in the palace. The Portrait Hall boasted one of the best portrait series by the German artist Franz Krüger, commissioned by the Emperor. The portrait of Nicholas I with a group of horsemen, his retinue, hung in the centre flanked by the portraits of the Emperor’s sons.

Other from the Suite of State Rooms:
The Semi-Circular Hall

The Marble Drawing-Room

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The Portrait Hall
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