Imperial Russia

Opening the gates of a world, that had faded into oblivion. It now lives only in books and a memory of empty palace halls...


russian-style:

Boris Zvorykin - Illustrations to “Boris Godunov”

"Boris Godunov" is a play by Alexander Pushkin, written in 1825. The play is based on history of Boris Godunov’s reign (1598-1605), which is believed to be the beginning of Smuta ( "The Time of Troubles", but I prefer Russian term).

Smuta was a crucial period in Russian history. Civil war, Polish and Sweden invasions, total chaos in governmental, economical and social structures - Smuta almost destroyed  the country. 

Pushkin wrote his play  inspired by Shakespeare’s historical dramas. “Boris Godunov” is highly reverenced in Russian culture - there’re opera by Mussorgsky, based on the play, and  thousand allusions in poetry, literature, art  etc.

By the legend, Pushkin himself was so exulted after finishing the play, that cried: “What a Pushkin, what a son of a bitch!”

Court dress of Empress Marie Alexandrovna at her daughter´s Grand Duchess Marie Alexandrovna’s wedding, 1874

tiny-librarian:

Alexander III on horseback at Gatchina Palace.

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soleil-de-matin:

Anna Pavlova and Vaclav Nijinsky in “Le Pavillon d’Armide”, Paris, 1909

romanovdreams:

Maria and Anastasia at the hospital, probably dated December 1916.

returntodecency:

Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna 

The beautiful Romanov Princess - Tatiana Konstantinovna