Inventory number
P00645
Author
Carreño de Miranda, Juan (Spanish)
Title
The Russian Ambassador, Peter Ivanovitch Potemkin
Chronology
1681
Technique
Óleo
Support
Lienzo
Dimensions
207,2 cm x 122,8 cm
School
Española
Theme
Retrato
On display
Yes
Provenance
Colección Real (Real Alcázar, Madrid, pinturas desmontadas-obrador del cuarto bajo del príncipe, 1686, s.n.; Palacio de la Zarzuela, El Pardo-Madrid, sala de los leones, 1701, s.n.; La Zarzuela, pieza tercera, 1747, nº 26).

A full-length portrait of Peter Ivanovitch 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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