Russian painting

Portrait of Peter III, Fedor Stepanovich Rokotov

  • Author: Fedor Stepanovich Rokotov
  • Museum: Nizhny Novgorod Art Museum
  • Year: Not known
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Description of the picture:

Portrait of Peter III - Fedor Stepanovich Rokotov. Canvas, oil. 157 x 111 cm

This is a vivid example of a ceremonial portrait, made by a talented artist in compliance with all the rules and traditions of the image in the rococo style. Peter III is depicted in the "German dress" - a dress characteristic of the era when Russia actively borrowed everything Western, and the emperor himself was an ardent admirer of Prussia and everything associated with it.
In the picture there are all the most important royal regalia - the crown and scepter, the precious ermine mantle covered with golden velvet. But they are depicted aside, and the entire central part is occupied by the image of the young ruler of a huge country. His is not a manly figure dressed in a tight-fitting jacket, which only emphasizes the narrowness of his frail shoulders and the outlined tummy. The emperor is girded with a rich golden sash, on which a large saber or sword with a golden handle hangs to the side.
The picture is distinguished by the richest color range and finely coordinated color. The figure of the emperor clearly looms against the backdrop of a stormy sky, and all the smallest details of his costume are most carefully written. The spectacular details of the costume and the environment are strikingly contrasted with the insignificant and unattractive features of the emperor Peter III, the unlucky spouse of the great and magnificent Catherine II.
We used bright contrasting colors - deep dark blue for a camisole with red cuffs of sleeves, lining and collar, golden for a long brocade vest, darker, cream for leggings, luxurious gold for a sash with massive and large tassels. The wide blue moire ribbon, diagonally slung over his shoulder, competes in brightness with the color of the sky in the background. Fluffy fur and the finest white lace, abundant embroidery with gold thread - all these details cause admiration for the artist's skill.

Other paintings by Rokotov

Portrait of Struyskaya
Portrait of Catherine II (1780s)
Portrait of Countess Santi
Portrait of Count Orlov
Portrait of an unknown in a cocked hat
Portrait of V.E. Novosiltseva
Portrait of Catherine II (1763)

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