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Elena
Mikhailovna Koltsova-Mosalskaya (Gika)

Russia 
1828−1888
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Princess. Born in Bucharest. The daughter of Prince Mihai Ghica and the niece of the ruler of Moldova Gregory IV Geeks, the Princess received an excellent education, which he continued abroad. He studied painting in Dresden, then at Vienna, Venice, Berlin. In the capital of Prussia, it made a great impression on Alexander von Humboldt for his knowledge of the Greek language. In 1849 arrived in Iasi (then part of the Russian Empire), where she married a Russian officer, Duke Alexander Koltsov-Mosalsky. For several years she lived in Russia. In St. Petersburg took an active part in the artistic life. At one of the exhibitions AH has received awards for two landscapes. For health reasons he left Russia and traveled to Switzerland, Greece and Anatolia. He settled in a Villa in Florence, where he lived until the end of his days, occasionally traveling to France, Ireland, and USA. He was a member of many European scientific societies, in particular the Italian Academy. Under the pseudonym Dora D Istria embarked on a literary career in 1855. The author of many works on the position of women in society and a number of articles on the history of art, literature, political, social and religious issues in magazines and Newspapers in almost all European countries. Received from the Greek Parliament the title of "great citizen" and the honorary citizenship from many Italian cities. In 1885 climbed with a guide on the Mont Blanc and Eiger in the Alps, becoming the first Russian climber. Many paintings devoted to the depiction of nature and architecture of different countries of the European South and South-East. Worked in the art direction of Biedermeier painting with thin letter and rich flavor.

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