Portrait of the Most Holy Prince Alexander Danilovich Menshikov

The artist is unknown

Menshikov Alexander Danilovich (November 6, 1673 – November 12, 1729). State and military leader, associate of Peter I. The son of the court groom. He began his career in the “Fierce Company”, the batman Peter I (1693). Took part in the Azov campaign. Together with Peter, “Incognito” traveled as part of the Great Embassy at the end of the 17th century. From 1703 – the first governor of St. Petersburg. From 1707 – the brightest prince. He won victories over the Swedes at Lesnoy (1708) and Perevolny (1709). For Poltava Battle (1709) was promoted to Field Marshals. President of the Military College. In 1725 he took an active part in the construction of Catherine I. Headed the Supreme Privy Council. Generalissimus (1727). Under Peter II, he was arrested, deprived of all ranks and condition, exiled to Ranennburg, then to Berezov, where he died and was buried. Peter I. Time and environment. SPb, 2015. WITH. 125.

It is depicted in armor and raspberry with an ermine, a cervical scarf is stabbed with a pin with a precious stone, over the shoulder – the tape of the Order of St. Andrew the First -Called. Menshikov is practically the only person who does not belong to the imperial surname whose portraits were created on enamel. So in 1709, Musikiysky performed 11 miniature portraits of Menshikov. Peter I. Time and environment. SPb, 2015. WITH. 80.

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