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Beautiful Princess Zinaida Yusupova

Beautiful Princess Zinaida Yusupova

Konstantin Makovsky “Portrait of Princess Zinaida Nikolaevna Yusupova in a Russian costume.” 1900-ies. Canvas, oil. The State Historical Museum, Moscow. Beautiful Princess Zinaida Yusupova

Beautiful Princess Zinaida Yusupova
Born on 2 September 1861, in Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire, Zinaida Yusupova was a Russian noblewoman. However, she became best known as the mother of Prince Felix Yusupov, the murderer of Grigory Rasputin. Meanwhile, gorgeous princess Zinaida Yusupova was a muse for artists, such as Francois Flameng (1856-1923), a very successful French painter. Let’s admire her beauty, charm and grace.
Besides, Zinaida Yusupova was a leading figure in pre-Revolutionary Russian society. Famed for her beauty and the lavishness of her hospitality, in private, she became a severe critic of Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna.


Princess Zinaida Nikolaevna Yusupova at a costume ball in 1903

Wearing national costume, Russian Princess Zinaida Nikolaevna Yusupova. A ball of 1903

Zinaida Yusupova’s eldest son Nicholas was killed in a duel, an event which cast a shadow over the remainder of her life. Her youngest son Felix intermarried with the Emperor Nicholas II, married his niece Irina. Following the Russian Revolution, Zinaida Nikolaevna Yusupova and her husband left Russia and lived in Rome. After his death she moved to Paris, dying there in 1939. She was buried at the Russian cemetery Saint-Genevieve-des-Bois, next to her son, daughter and granddaughter.

Beautiful Princess Zinaida Yusupova