Costume of the Winter Palace under Emperor Nicholas I


The artist is Villevalde

Palace balls have always aroused the most keen interest and the most active participation of the female half of the aristocratic St. Petersburg. In their status, balls occupied a dominant place in a series of winter entertainment. By the season of balls, they were preparing the scenography of the holidays in the Winter Palace. The thorough directing of court entertainment formed the opinion of the Great Light and European travelers about the brilliance of the Russian Imperial Court.

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