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Grand Duchess Elena Pavlovna

20 December 2007 - 20 February 2008
Mikhailovsky Palace

The exhibition timed to the bicentenary of Grand Duchess Elena Pavlovna (1806 - 1873), wife of Grand Duke Mikhail Pavlovich, younger son of Paul I, proprietress of the Mikhailovsky Palace, joins in the memorial space of the palace rooms documents and artworks, connected with this remarkable woman. Elena Pavlovna was the contemporary of the prominent men of letters, artists, musicians, academic politicians, which portraits are introduced at the exhibition. The exhibition presents the artworks from the Collection of the Russian Museum: views of the Mikhailovsky Palace, depictions of the members of the family of Elena Pavlovna, portraits of the historical figures from the nearest midst of the Grand Duchess. In the context of her biography they became not only the artworks, but also the historical documents. Part of miniature portraits of Elena Pavlovna from the Russian Museum Fund are presented for the first time. The exhibition comprises the exhibits from the collection of the State Archive of the Russian Federation, Saint Petersburg State Theater of Dramatic and Musical Art and Saint Petersburg State Mining Institute. The multimedia film 'Grand Duchess Elena Pavlovna. The Portrait on the Background of the Epoch' was created for the exhibition. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue in Russian. The exhibition was financially supported by Lukoil Oil Refinery.