Portrait of Peter III, Fedor Stepanovich Rokotov

Portrait of Peter III, Fedor Stepanovich Rokotov
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  • Posted by Fedor Stepanovich Rokotov
  • Museum: Nizhny Novgorod Art Museum
  • Year: Unknown

Overview of the painting :

Portrait of Peter III – Fedor Stepanovich Rokotov. Oil on canvas. 157 x 111 cm

   This is a vivid example of a ceremonial portrait made by a talented artist in compliance with all the rules and traditions of the image in the Rococo style. Peter III is depicted in a “German dress” – a outfit characteristic of the era when Russia actively borrowed everything western, and the emperor himself was an ardent fan of Prussia and everything connected with it.

   The picture contains all the most important royal regalia – the crown and scepter, the precious ermine mantle, covered with golden velvet. But they are depicted aside, and the whole central part is occupied by the image of a young ruler of a huge country. His not-seemly figure is clothed in a tight-fitting camisole, which only emphasizes the narrowness of his fragile shoulders and the upcoming tummy. The emperor is belted with a rich golden cook, on which a large saber or sword with a golden handle hangs on the side.

   The picture is rich in color and finely agreed color. The emperor’s figure clearly looms against the backdrop of a thunderstorm, and all the smallest details of his costume are carefully prescribed. The spectacular details of the costume and the environment contrast dramatically with the insignificant and unattractive features of the face of Emperor Peter III, the unlucky wife of the great and magnificent Catherine II .

   The work uses bright contrasting colors – deep dark blue for camisole with red shreds of sleeves, lining and collar, golden for a long brocade vest, darker, creamy for moose, lush gold for a bag with massive and large brushes. A wide blue moire tape diagonally thrown over the shoulder competes in brightness with the sky color in the background. Fluffy fur and the finest white lace, abundant embroidery with a golden thread – all these details are admired by the artist’s skill.