Imprisoned Princesses: Princess Tarakanova & the Regent Tsarevna Sof'ya

Gilchrist, M. (1994) Imprisoned Princesses: Princess Tarakanova & the Regent Tsarevna Sof'ya. Inferno: St Andrews Journal of Art History, 1, pp. 32-45.

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The images of characters presented in 19C history painting reflect their historical reputations at the time of painting. In depicting women from earlier times, artists often projected on to them images of contemporary femininity and concepts of ‘appropriate’ feminine behaviour. However, even in 19C, some artists were prepared to resist pressure to make their works conform to sexual stereotyping, by attempting to portray their subjects more truthfully. An examination of Konstantin Flavitskii’s 'Princess Tarakanova' (1864) and Il’ya Repin’s 'The Regent Tsarevna Sof’ya Alekseevna, in the Year after her Imprisonment in the Novodevichii Convent, during the Execution of the Strel’tsy and the Torture of her Serving-Women, October 1698' (1879; both in the Tret’yakov Gallery, Moscow) demonstrates the contrast in approaches.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Konstantin Flavitskii, Il'ya Repin, Princess Tarakanova, Sof'ya Alekseevna, Regent Tsarevna Sof'ya, history painting, Russian history, Russian art, Peredvizhniki, Itinerants, feminism, imprisonment, imprisoned women, princesses, Nadezhda Stasova, Valentina Serova, Elena Blaramberg-Apreleva, Petrine Russia, Paul Delaroche
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gilchrist, Dr Marianne
Authors: Gilchrist, M.
Subjects:D History General and Old World > DK Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
N Fine Arts > ND Painting
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > English Literature
Journal Name:Inferno: St Andrews Journal of Art History
Journal Abbr.:Inferno
Publisher:School of Art History, University of St Andrews
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 1994 School of Art History, University of St Andrews
First Published:First published in Inferno: St Andrews Journal of Art History 1:32-45
Publisher Policy:Reproduced with the permission of the publisher

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