Maria Kantemir (?) by Ivan Nikitin (Novyy Iyerusalim muzey - Moskva, Russia)

According to her Wikipedia article, that has a link to this image, she was Romanian, Peter the Great's mistress, and Maid of Honor to Grand Princess Natalia and then Tsaritsa Anna Ivanovna.

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Maria Kantemir (?) by Ivan Nikitin (Novyy Iyerusalim muzey - Moskva, Russia)

Maria Kantemir is dressed in early 1700s style, including fripon curls, with a set of large diamonds used as a hair jewel and as clasps.

Keywords:  Nikitin, Maria Kantemire, Russian, mistress, Peter the Great, Lady-in-Waiting, Tsaritsa Anna Ivanovna, curly coiffure, hair jewelry, scoop neckline, chemise, modesty piece, lace, full under-sleeves, cuffs, bodice, quarter length full notched over-sleeves, brooch, clasps, robes

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