Painting by Makovsky “Portrait of Princess Zinaida Nikolaevna Yusupova”

Painting by Makovsky “Portrait of Princess Zinaida Nikolaevna Yusupova”

The portrait was in the study of the house of Prince FF Yusupov Count Sumarokov-Elston in Bolshoy Kharitonievsky Lane in Moscow, reconstructed and decorated in the late XIX century, designed by architect N. V. Sultanov.

Princess, daughter of Prince Nikolai Borisovich Yusupov and Princess Tatiana Alexandrovna, born Countess Ribopier, the last in the Yusupov family. The owner of huge capital, vast lands, palaces and art collections. Married to Count F. F. Sumarokov-Elston. Since 1891, Zinaida Nikolaevna and her husband were given the right to be called the princes Yusupov Counts Sumarokov-Elston. ZN Yusupova was engaged in charitable activities: the Roman Hall of the Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow was built on its funds. Contemporaries noted that the “marquise of our time”

Princess Yusupova was not only “the perfect type of charming secular woman,” but also the ideal expression of national beauty. Artistry of the princess, developed by amateur charity performances, which were given at the theater in the estate “Arkhangelsk” court masquerades and costumed receptions in the Moscow house, made a special impression when she put on a national dress and performed Russian dance. As a maid of honor of Empress Maria Feodorovna, Yusupova wore a Russian-style court dress in Russian style, introduced by Emperor Nicholas I, theatrical and masquerade Russian costumes depicted in photographs of the 1890s and the 1900s. In a stylized Russian costume, she glittered at the famous Russian-style ball-masquerade on February 13, 1903 in the Winter Palace. “Princess was a very beautiful woman, she had such a wonderful beauty, which remains a symbol of the era,” – wrote the Spanish Infanta Elima. As a maid of honor of Empress Maria Feodorovna, Yusupova wore a Russian-style court dress in Russian style, introduced by Emperor Nicholas I, theatrical and masquerade Russian costumes depicted in photographs of the 1890s and the 1900s. In a stylized Russian costume, she glittered at the famous Russian-style ball-masquerade on February 13, 1903 in the Winter Palace. “Princess was a very
beautiful woman, she had such a wonderful beauty, which remains a symbol of the era,” – wrote the Spanish Infanta Elima. As a maid of honor of Empress Maria Feodorovna, Yusupova wore a Russian-style court dress in Russian style, introduced by Emperor Nicholas I, theatrical and masquerade Russian costumes depicted in photographs of the 1890s and the 1900s. In a stylized Russian costume, she glittered at the famous Russian-style ball-masquerade on February 13, 1903 in the Winter Palace. “Princess was a very beautiful woman, she had such a wonderful beauty, which remains a symbol of the era,” – wrote the Spanish Infanta Elima. In a stylized Russian costume, she glittered at the famous Russian-style ball-masquerade on February 13, 1903 in the Winter Palace. “Princess was a very beautiful woman, she had such a wonderful beauty, which remains a symbol of the era,” – wrote the Spanish Infanta Elima. In a stylized Russian costume, she glittered at the famous Russian-style ball-masquerade on February 13, 1903 in the Winter Palace. “Princess was a very beautiful woman, she had such a wonderful beauty, which remains a symbol of the era,” – wrote the Spanish Infanta Elima.

The Yusupovs left Russia in April 1919 and settled in Rome. In exile, Zinaida Nikolayevna participated in the work of the Red Cross Society: she organized a free dining room for poor compatriots, a “job search bureau” and a seamstress workshop.


Painting by Makovsky “Portrait of Princess Zinaida Nikolaevna Yusupova”