Inventory number
P00645
Author
Carreño de Miranda, Juan
Title
Peter Ivanowitz Potemkin, The Russian Ambassador
Chronology
Ca. 1681
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimensions
207,2 cm x 122,8 cm
School
Spanish
Theme
Portrait
On display
Yes
Provenance
Royal Collection (Royal Alcázar Palace, Madrid, “pinturas desmontadas-obrador del cuarto bajo del príncipe”, 1686, s.n.; Royal Palace of La Zarzuela, El Pardo-Madrid, “sala de los leones”, 1701, s.n.; La Zarzuela Palace, “pieza tercera”, 1747, n. 26)

A full-length portrait of Peter Ivanowitz Potemkin, the Russian Ambassador sent to the Court of Carlos II by Tsar Feodor II in 1668, and between 1681 and 1682, when this work is thought to have been painted.

The composition, with the figure standing out over a black background, emphasizes his sumptuous vestments and underlines his exoticism, allowing us to imagine the impression the Russian embassy must have caused in Spain.

This painting is mentioned in 1686 in the workshop of the chamber painters at Madrid's Alcázar Palace.

 
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