A Petrine Day of Display: 21 December 1709 Academic Article uri icon


  • This article analyses the royal pranks and new euro-iconographies asso-ciated with Peter the Great's extraordinary ceremonial procession through Moscow on 21 December 1709. Gates of Triumph were designed and erected at his express order soon after his success at Poltava on 27 June 1709, and then Peter troubled to commission series of engravings in March 1710. The arcane metaphors depicted in the gates and the royal pranks on the day are contrasted with portraits of the specific era 1709-11 to sketch the playful and subversive agenda of Peter's absolutist radical-ism at its moment of consolidation and on the eve of his iconoclastic mar-riage to Catherine.

publication date

  • 2013