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Vigilius Eriksen (1722-82)

Catherine II (1729-96), Empress of Russia c.1765

RCIN 404774

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The coronation portrait of Catherine the Great is a statement of magnificence and power. She stands on a porphyry dais, holding the symbols of imperial power – the orb and sceptre – and wears the newly commissioned imperial crown which is set with diamonds and a magnificent red spinel.