Wedding of Peter I and Catherine I February 19, A. F. Zubov, 1712
- Posted by Alexey Fedorovich Zubov
- Museum: Public domain
- Year: 1712
Overview of the painting :
Wedding of Peter I and Catherine I February 19 – Alexey Fedorovich Zubov. 1712. Paper, etch, engraving cutter. 54×63.3
The outstanding Russian engraver of the Petrov era, Alexei Fedorovich Zubov (1682 – after 1741/1750) studied and worked for Adrian Schonebek in the Armory in Moscow.
Saturated with details and characters of the engraving with the wedding stage of Peter I and Catherine I presents the viewer with a large hall, the walls and ceiling of which are decorated with shaded tapestries, mirrors and carpets. Numerous tables are placed one after another in the form of the enclosed letter O. In the foreground, Catherine I sits in the half-turn between the ladies, and Peter I and Alexander Menshikov, who were at the wedding as a master. All depicted are dressed in European fashion, in western manners. Ladies – in elegant robes with tower-shaped hairstyles, men – in caftans and wigs. Other tables are visible through the open side doors, at which the rest of the guests are sitting. Everything is presented solemnly and ceremonially.
Gravure had no signature, but was printed in the St. Petersburg printing house, where at that time the only master worked – Alexei Zubov. It is interesting that as a model he chose the work of his teacher, “The Wedding of Theophilact of Shansky in the Lefort Palace”.