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Catherine the Great

Hermitage Amsterdam

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Self-polished Diamond of the Hermitage

Two hundred and fifty years after Catherine the Great founded the Hermitage, the Hermitage Amsterdam presents her life story in a sumptuous exhibition on Europe’s longest-reigning empress. Her name has always been surrounded with stories and superlatives, often about her private life and court intrigues. Some of these stories belong to the realm of myth, but others are perfectly true. Read more.

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Portrait of Catherine the Great

Portrait of Catherine the Great (1780–90), Fyodor Rokotov after Alexander Roslin. © State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg

Portrait of Catherine the Great on Horseback

Portrait of Catherine the Great on Horseback (1762), Vigilius Eriksen. © State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg

Military costume of Empress Catherine the Great, modelled after the uniform of the Horse Guard Regiment Russia, 1786 (frock) / 1789 (cape)

Military costume of Empress Catherine the Great, modelled after the uniform of the Horse Guard Regiment, Russia, (dress: 1786; cape:1789). © State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg

Model of Catherine’s Great imperial Crown, Smolensk, 2012

Model of Catherine’s Great imperial Crown, Smolensk, 2012. © State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg

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