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Under House Arrest

The Imperial family of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia

Olga, Alexei, Anastasia and Tatiana under house arrest . Anastasia sits with her little dog, Ortipo, in her lap. The Grand Duchess Maria is absent from this photo. In my brief research, I believe this image was made in late spring, 1918, at the Ipatien House in Yekaterinburg. Talks were under way to get the family to Britain or France. Their hopes were high, but they were rejected by the European countries because of the complications of World War I.

CORRECTION: Additional investigation leads me to believe this photo was made in 1917, in the gardens of the Alexander Palace at Tsarskoye Selo. This was the family residence during the rein of Nicholas II, and the first phase of their house arrest by the revolutionary government. Daily life was not to bad here, it was to get much worse. The second phase was in the city of Tobolsk, and the final phase was the Ipatien House in the city of Yekaterinburg, where they were executed.

In the middle of the night, July,17, 1918, the family was taken to a basement room beneath the Ipatien House and executed by a firing squad. The firing squad consisted of seven communist soldiers from central Europe and three Russian Bolsheviks. Instead of rifles, hand guns were used. The commanding officer,Yakov Yurovsky, later confirmed the execution. Yurovsky related that Nicolas and Alexandra died very quickly. The four girls, because of thick clothing, did not succumb to the first rounds. They were bayoneted and shot in the head. Alexi, the young heir to the throne, was the last to still show life, and was finished off with two rounds. Four loyal house servants also died in this event.

Reference from black & white photo... photographer unknown.

Color interpretation and digital paint by Cobler

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Paolo Peggi (aka Bracciodiferro)22-Mar-2018 18:08
Larry:that's great! V
Lamar Nix01-Mar-2018 21:59
Most interesting story and very fine work on the image! V
Patricia Kay04-Feb-2018 20:37
Wonderful painting Larry...and a very sad story...BV
Jeff Real31-Jan-2018 17:01
I can feel the warmth of the light on their faces
This is magnificent, my friend
Buz Kiefer24-Jan-2018 20:08
Beautiful work, Larry. Excellent highlights and brush strokes. So sad, just children. 100 years ago. So sad and history tends to repeat. BV
Carol How23-Jan-2018 03:59
Very haunting story and nice rendering of this scene! V
Ken Chambers ARPS22-Jan-2018 22:38
Difficult to believe that similar horrific actions are still taking place a hundred years later. Larry
Fong Lam22-Jan-2018 15:13
A beautiful, remarkable painting despite the heartbroken facts behind absolute treasure, Larry...V
janescottcumming22-Jan-2018 01:08
Such a sad story. I agree with Dave's comment. Love seeing this kind of work! V
Dave Petersen Photography21-Jan-2018 21:12
A beautiful job of bringing to life this haunting image of a darker part of history. The way you dealt with the lighting adds a warmth and vibrance to this moment. VV
joseantonio21-Jan-2018 20:49
great image and great information about that era.V.
settler21-Jan-2018 17:46
You've brought Art with a capital A to this image. Great job.
Neil Marcus21-Jan-2018 16:40
The image and story are worth while learning and your art brings it to life. "VVV"s
Jim Coffman21-Jan-2018 16:23
Wonderful work,Larry...Always look forward to your digital painting..
Richard Glenn21-Jan-2018 16:17
Another great example of your texture and color. Beautiful. V
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