(b. ca. 1734, ?, d. 1783, St. Petersburg)
Portrait of Catherine IIc. 1782
Oil on canvas, 83 x 69 cm
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg
Catherine II (Yekaterina Alekseyevna) of Russia, called the Great (1729-1796) reigned as Empress of Russia for 34 years, from June 28 1762 until her death. She exemplifies the enlightened despot of her era.