(b. ca. 1735, near Moscow, d. 1808, Moscow)
Portrait of Catherine II1780s
Oil on canvas, 26 x 19 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.
This painting is a reduced copy of a portrait by Alexander Roslin.