This section of the virtual display is dedicated to remarkable representations of the youngest residents of the Moscow Kremlin – heir apparents. Images of noble children are presented in pieces of money, jewellery, sculpture, painting, photograph, enamel miniature.
The exposition starts with a sculptural portrayal of a ten-years-old girl – the daughter of Prince Vladimir of Staritsa (pic.1). It is the first reconstructed portrait of a child having lived in medieval Russia. The tragic fate of Maria, poisoned together with her parents by order of Ivan the Terrible, is known from the records.
Shoulder-length portraits of brothers-sovereigns Peter and Ivan were executed in the technique of hammered gold (pic.2).
Pictorial portraits of the XVIIth-XVIIIth centuries are presented by the spiritualized images of Tsar’s children: Grand duchess Natalia Petrovna (pic.3), the last daughter of Peter I and Catherine I, unknown crown prince (pic.4), young Emperor Peter II (pic.5), Grand Duke Alexander I (pic.6); the latter is depicted with his brother Ð¡onstantine on a silver-framed medallion (pic. 7).
Five miniature water-colour portraits of Nicholas I’s children serve as decoration for jewellery masterpieces by the Faberge Firm: the jade Egg (pic.8), a present from Emperor Nocholas II to Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna for Easter 1908, and the Egg “Cupid's-delight (wild pansy)” (pic.9), executed on the occasion of the tenth wedding anniversary of the Emperor and his wife. The portrait of Tsesarevitch Alexei with mother is presented in enamel miniature (pic.10).
Two displayed photographs (pic.11, 12) carry the images of daughters of Emperor Nicholas II on a promenade in Belovezh, in August, 1900.