The portrait of the Georgian King Teimuraz II returns to Homeland
25 October, 2018
The portrait of the Georgian King Teimuraz II returns to Homeland
The portrait of the King Teimuraz II belongs to the collection of Bagrationi Dynasty (a royal family that reigned in Georgia from the Middle Ages until the early 19th century, being among the oldest extant Christian ruling dynasties in the world). After 275 years, the portrait is finally in Georgia. It was purchased from the 1Sstibs Gallery for $38 400 by the Cartu Fund and brought back to the homeland.
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The presentation of the portrait of the King Teimuraz II at Art
Palace


The portrait will be exhibited at the Georgian State Museum of Theatre, Music, Cinema, and Choreography (Art Palace) on the Ia Kargareteli Street 6, Tbilisi. The exhibition is going to be available free of charge for 25th and 26th of October.
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The presentation of the portrait of the King Teimuraz II at Art Palace

With the help of the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture, and Monument Protection of Georgia, the treasure was safely returned to Georgia. The portrait has undergone the primary inspection and restoration procedures which fully confirmed the foreign experts’ opinions.

The Georgian King Teimuraz II


Teimuraz II was a king of Kakheti, eastern Georgia, from 1732 to 1744, then of Kartli from 1744 until his death. At that time, Georgia was fought against the Ottoman Empire and Persians at the same time. The king hoped that the Russian Empire would be the only protector for Georgians against the Ottoman and Persian aggression. He sent an embassy to St Petersburg in 1752 but without success.
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The presentation of the portrait of the King Teimuraz II at Art Palace

In 1760, he visited the Russian court himself and suggested them to put a Russian candidate on the Shah's throne. During this period Aleksey Antropov painted his portrait. Antropov was a Russian painter. There are about 15 paintings of the painter which have remained to the present day and all of them are regarded as the masterpieces.

Teimuraz suddenly died in the Russian capital on January 8, 1762, and was buried next to his father-in-law Vakhtang VI in Astrakhan. Despite the efforts made by Georgians, the body of the king could not have been sent and reburied in Georgia. In 1962, with the help of the Georgian scientists, there was opened a mausoleum of the Georgian kings in Astrakhan. During the construction, the dead body of Teimuraz II was found (the body was covered with the very same clothes depicted in the portrait).

In 2015-16, the Cartu fund purchased two paintings of Niko Pirosmani (a well-known Georgian painter) “Arsenali Mountain at Night” and “Roe at a Stream” for 5.5 million in total.
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Niko Pirosmani paintings, Roe at a Stream and Arsenali Mountain at Night

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