The exhibition includes portraits of royalty: Empresses Elizabeth Petrovna and Maria Feodorovna, heir to the throne Peter Feodorovich, Grand Dukes Alexander and Konstantin Pavlovich, painted by such famous masters of portrait painting as Louis Caravaque, Georg Christoph Groot, Johann Baptist Lampi (senior) and Alexei Antropov. Mikhail Karisalov will show at the exhibition the most interesting and unique part of his family collection.
A whole gallery of ladies and gentlemen of the noble families of Catherine's and Alexander's time will appear in ceremonial and chamber portraits by Dmitry Levitsky, Vladimir Borovikovsky, Fyodor Rokotov, Orest Kiprensky and Vasily Tropinin. No less interesting are the works of European painters who were specially invited to Petersburg to portray members of the imperial family and their entourage. Such works include the portrait of the prominent Russian diplomat and statesman Nikita Ivanovich Panin by the Swedish painter Alexander Roslin, and the "heroic" Empire portrait of the handsome Valerian Zubov, brother of the last favourite of Catherine the Great, by Jean-Louis Voille, later court painter of Paul I. Also extremely attractive at the exhibition are two works by the famous Englishman George Dawe, the creator of the Military Gallery of the Winter Palace.
Prepared according to the materials of the Foundation website IN ARTIBUS.