ANTROPOV, Aleksey Petrovich
(b. 1716, St. Petersburg, d. 1795, St. Petersburg)

Portrait of Catherine II

Oil on canvas
State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow

The painting depicts many attributes of the Empress' imperial status. In her right hand Catherine is holding a bejewelled sceptre which she has just picked up from a red pillow decorated with gold embroidery and gold tassels. Two other attributes of royalty, a crown and an orb, rest on the pillow. The crown, made especially for the coronation, consists of over 5000 diamonds (about 3000 carats) topped by an enormous 415-carat red spinel. The orb, made of solid gold, is enhanced by a band of diamonds and by a 47-carat sapphire.

© Web Gallery of Art, created by Emil Krén and Daniel Marx.