|Bust of Catherine|
This changed when she married Peter, the heir of the Russian throne in 1744. The marriage was not happy and when Peter was crowned in 1761, Catherine took the crown for herself.
She was known for her love for young men, her intelligence, her interest in Enlightenment and she corresponded with Voltaire for years. She also loved art and it was because of her that the artcollection of the Hermitage in Sint Petersburg began.
In the Hermitage in Amsterdam there is an exhibition about this formidable empress, Catherine the Greatest. What I love is that the exhibition is not just paintings, but there is also furniture and even her desk can be seen.
|Her desk. The bust on the left is a portrait of Voltaire.|
There were also paintings, snuffboxes and other things she used.
|Her sewingbox. |
Imagine her sowing on a button or something like that. :-)
|Detail of the handle of a small riffle |
that belonged to her grandchild
|A young princess|
|Catherine the Empress|