L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e ~ D o s t o ï e v s k i

L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e  ~  D o s t o ï e v s k i

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Two coronations, two sisters - retouched and un-

The recently widowed Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna, dressed for the coronation of her son, Tsar Nicholas II, in 1896.

A rare unretouched photograph of the Dowager Empress at forty-eight.
And then retouched....
Detail of one of the versions of the below painting.
The Coronation of Nicholas II, by Laurits Tuxen, 1898.  The painting captures the moment in the ceremony
when a shaft of light dramatically struck the crown of the Dowager Empress.

Her sister, Queen Alexandra, dressed for the coronation of her husband, Edward VII, and her own, in 1902.

An unretouched photograph of Queen Alexandra at fifty-seven.
And heavily retouched....
The Crowning of Queen Alexandra, by Laurits Tuxen, 1904.
Queen Alexandra in her coronation gown and robes, by Sir Luke Fildes, 1905.  (The artist has added the Garter riband and badge,
which the queen did not wear during the coronation.)


  1. Replies
    1. Indeed! It's amazing how soon it was after they invented photography, that they invented retouching. Amazing but, considering human nature, I guess not too surprising. : )

  2. I feel like a dolt not to have thought about this before. I don't think I have ever seen a comparison like this to suggest the reality behind the facade. Truth and beauty on your site as always.

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