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Andrew Varlamov

"Ceremonial Sitting of the State Council on 7 May 1901..." by Ilya Repin

Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation

June 2, 2022 - 16:03 GMT+0

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"Founded by Tsar Alexander I (1801-1825), the State Council celebrated its centenary with a ceremonial sitting in the Round Room of the Mariinsky Palace in St Petersburg on 7 May 1901. All the members of the State Council and the State Chancellery attended in full-dress uniform. Tsar Nicholas II (1894-1917) and senior members of the Imperial family are flanked by their ministers. Repin painted the scene from behind the chairs on the right (next to the columns).

He rapidly sketched the original modello on a canvas on which the perspective of the hall had already been marked out, working from a previously selected point. The artist later turned this study into a large picture with the help of two students of the Imperial Academy of Arts Boris Kustodiev and Ivan Kulikov. Every member of the State Council is depicted in natural and diverse poses, with strong physical resemblances" - reported Google Arts & Culture.

The painting is in the collection of the Russian MuseumSaint Petersburg (Room 54 of the Mikhailovsky Palace).


Europe / Russia-Urals West

Lat: 59° 56' 19.384" N
Long: 30° 19' 51.557" E

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Precision is: Medium. Nearby, but not to the last decimal.


Camera: Pentax K-5 II; Lens: Samyang 8mm f/3.5 UMC Fish-eye CS II; Hot shoe two axis double bubble spirit level: ROWI 197;Cable switch: CS-205; Shooting without tripod manual by Nuno A. Madeira (Portugal); PC SoftwarePTGui Pro 12.11 by New House Internet Services B.V. (dated by April 18, 2021), Pano2VR 6.1.8 pro 64bit by Garden Gnome Software (dated by May 25, 2020)

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