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Portrait Medallion of Peter the Great and Family
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Portrait Medallion of Peter the Great and Family


Description Conservation Exhibitions Provenance Inscription Credit
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.
Conservation

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.

Date Description Narrative
9/18/1951Treatmentrepaired
3/28/1962Treatmentloss compensation
2/03/1988Treatmentcleaned; examined for condition
12/07/1988Treatmentcleaned; loss compensation; repaired; coated; examined for exhibition
3/04/2016ExaminationExamined
3/04/2016TreatmentCleaned, repaired
Exhibitions
  • 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.
  • Russian Enamels. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1996-1997.
  • 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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Period
ca. 1720 (Modern)
Medium
painted enamel on copper
(Enamels)
Accession Number
44.326
Measurements
Overall H: 3 1/8 × W: 4 3/16 × D: 5/16 in. (8 × 10.7 × 0.8 cm)
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Location Within Museum
Not On View

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