Description This medallion is dated and signed on the back by Gregory Musikiiskii, the first Russian painter of portrait miniatures. It can be compared to an earlier enamel painting of Peter the Great with his family, now in the Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, executed by the same artists in 1717. Here, the Russian emperor is depicted together with his wife Catherine, his three daughters Anna, Elizabeth (the future empress), and Natalia, and his grandson Peter (the future Peter II). Musikiiskii was transferred from the Moscow Kremlin Armory to St. Petersburg to work for the court of Peter the Great, the founder of modern Russia.
Examined in preparation for exhibition.
Cleaned to remove dirt, grime, and discolored prior restorations. Losses were filled and inpainted to better harmonize with the extant portions of the original.
|2/03/1988||Treatment||cleaned; examined for condition|
|12/07/1988||Treatment||cleaned; loss compensation; repaired; coated; examined for exhibition|
- Russian Art: Icons and Decorative Arts from the Origin to the Twentieth Century. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1959-1960.
- A Millennium of Christianity: Russian Art from The Walters Art Gallery. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1988-1989.
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- Fabergé and the Russian Crafts Tradition: An Empire's Legacy . The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2017-2018.
Provenance Alexandre Polovtsoff (Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Polovtsov), Saint Petersburg and Paris, by purchase; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1930, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Transcription] Санктпїтербурх 1720 / Писалъ Г. Муссикіискій: Saint Petersburg 1720 / Painted by G. Mussikiiskii
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1930
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