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Catherine II, Empress of Russia, after Lampi
  • Johann Baptist Göstl (1813 - 1895)
  • Catherine II, Empress of Russia, after Lampi
  • Austria
  • 1850
  • Miniature
  • Watercolour on ivory
  • Image size: 19 x 14.3 cm
    Frame size: 27.4 x 20.5 cm
  • Signature: 'Göstl / 850' In scratched letters and numbers
  • M175
  • West Gallery III
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  • Göstl was a Viennese artist who was employed at the Vienna porcelain factory painting ceramic plaques but occasionally worked in other media. Although only half-length, and different in some details of dress and composition, this miniature apparently derives from the full-length portrait in oils of Catherine the Great by Johann Baptist Lampi the Elder (1751-1830), the first version of which, painted in 1793, is now in the Hermitage, St. Petersburg. It is an imposing image of Catherine which, for all her Enlightenment sympathies, makes clear her status as an autocratic ruler.