Old black and white photos make people look as if they were prehistoric and it’s hard to imagine what they really looked like. Artist Olga Shirnina, known on the Internet under the username ‘Klimbim’, however, gives a second life to such old photos. She does the painstaking work of adding color, drawing on historical sources for authenticity.
Thanks to such colored photographs, one can better imagine what a historical figure looked like in reality. Olga’s already revitalized photo collections of World War II heroes, Russian beauties of tsarist times and many others. And here are photos of the last Russian tsar and his children brought to life with color. And they are especially sensitive to look at, given their tragic deaths.
Nicholas II with his family, 1914
The eldest daughter of Nicholas II and Alexandra Feodorovna was Grand Duchess Olga. She was born in 1895, the second year after the wedding and, according to witnesses, the birth of the empress brought terrible pains.
Below, Olga is pictured aboard Nicholas’s II favorite yacht, the Standard.
Olga was the only daughter who could object to her royal parents.
Olga was very friendly with the second Grand Duchess, Tatiana (pictured below on the left).
Tatiana was born in 1897. She had a modest temperament and, according to rumors, was even embarrassed when she was addressed as “Your Imperial Highness”.
Tatiana (pictured below on the right) had every chance of marrying Prince Alexander, son of Serbian King Peter I, but World War I broke the plans of the royal houses to become related.
Of all the daughters, it was Tatiana who was closest to her mother.
Olga and Tatiana (pictured below in the center) worked as sisters of mercy during World War I. At the order of the emperor, an infirmary for the wounded was organized right in the halls of their royal residence, Tsarskoye Selo palace (as well as Winter Palace).
The tsarist family on vacation at Gatchina, 1912
The third oldest child in the royal family was Grand Duchess Maria. She was born in 1899.
People close to her recalled that Maria had an easy character and smiled a lot. The photo below shows Maria (left) with Olga.
The empress’s maid of honor described Maria this way: “She can safely be called a Russian beauty. Tall, plump, with sable eyebrows, with a bright blush on her open Russian face, she is especially sweet to the Russian heart.”
Below, the grand duchesses pose, while gathering mushrooms in a forest, 1912
Pictured below are Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Nikolai Rodionov, senior lieutenant of the Tsar’s Guards Crew.
Born in 1901, Anastasia was Nicholas and Alexandra’s fourth daughter.
Anastasia is perhaps the most famous of Nicholas’s daughters, all thanks to the huge number of impostors posing as her. The legend that she was the only one who survived the execution of the royal family was reflected in popular culture - with numerous movies and cartoons made on the subject. (below, Anastasia is posing for a photo on the Standard yacht).
However, the joy of the appearance of the heir to the throne was overshadowed by his illness - the boy had hemophilia, poor blood clotting, which, in the early 20th century, was inevitably fatal.
The only person who could stop the bleeding of the little prince (and, at the same time, the hysteria of his mother-empress) was Grigory Rasputin, a Siberian peasant who became a friend of the royal family to the general discontent of Russian high society.
Despite his poor health, Alexei was fond of the army - he wore a uniform and was very fond of simple food - “cabbage soup and black bread, which all my soldiers eat.” And he even tried to do some exercises from military training.
By seniority: Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia, and Alexei.
Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia posing for a photo in 1916.
Below, the grand duchesses pose with their mother Alexandra Feodorovna.
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