A Little Russian Princess as the Goddess of Love

(Last Updated On: August 23, 2017)

Hey, I still have at least one post in my soap series, but I’ve been quite busy and unable to put it together. I know Pigtails is a bit slow right now, as everyone has been fairly busy with their own things. So, I’ll try to do a few minor posts here and there until I get the next big post out.

Here we have the tsesarevna (crown princess) of Russia, Elizaveta Petrovna, daughter of Peter the Great, depicted as Venus, the goddess of love. An interesting choice for a child, which just goes to show how very differently past cultures viewed children. Given the style (early Romanticism), even if I had not known who the subject was I would have placed this sometime in the 1700s. She of course appears in the nude, as would be appropriate for classical gods and goddesses in art. Note how the artist depicted the child with exaggerated feminine features, particularly wider hips than would be common for a child of her age.

Artist Unknown – Child Tsesarevna Elizaveta Petrovna, as Venus (1710s)

 

2 thoughts on “A Little Russian Princess as the Goddess of Love

  1. OK, I am so glad that the site “got going” again.

    Now one minor correction:
    The Russian princess is being called the “tsesarevna”.
    Isn’t that word supposed to be “tsarevna” (also sometimes written as “czarevna”)?

    • The two words have a fine distinction, but ‘tesarevna’ is accurate. Where ‘tsarevna’ simply means princess, ‘tsesarevna’ means crown princess. She being the oldest surviving child of the tsar’s current marriage (he did have a son from a previous relationship), Elizaveta was indeed the crown princess.

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