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Princess Zinaida Yusupova

Princess Zinaida Yusupova

Princess Zinaida Yusupova

Princess Zinaida Yusupova was born on 2 September 1861, in Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire. She was a Russian noblewoman best known as the mother of Prince Felix Yusupov, the murderer of Grigory Rasputin. Beautiful 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

Princess Zinaida Nikolaevna Yusupova at a costume ball in 1903

Princess Zinaida Nikolaevna Yusupova at a costume ball in 1903

Zinaida Yusupova was a leading figure in pre-Revolutionary Russian society. She was famed for her beauty and the lavishness of her hospitality. In private, she became a severe critic of Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna.

Zinaida Nikolaevna Yusupova

Portrait of Princess Zinaida Yusupova. Francois Flameng. 1856-1923. France

Zinaida Yusupova’s eldest son Nicholas was killed in a duel, an event which cast a shadow over the remainder of her life. The youngest son Felix intermarried with the Emperor Nicholas II, married his niece Irina. Felix is also known for his role in the murder of Rasputin. Following the Russian Revolution Zinaida Nikolaevna Yusupova and her husband 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.

Zinaida Yusupova

Portrait of Princess Zinaida Yusupova. Francois Flameng. 1856-1923. France

Zinaida Yusupova

Portrait of Princess Zinaida Yusupova by Christina Robertson

Zinaida Yusupova

Princess Zinaida Yusupova by Russian painter Valentin Serov, 1902

Zinaida Yusupova

Russian noblewoman Zinaida Nikolaevna Yusupova

Zinaida Nikolaevna Yusupova

Russian noblewoman Zinaida Nikolaevna Yusupova

Zinaida Yusupova

Russian noblewoman Zinaida Yusupova