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Anastasia Nicholaievna by KeeganYoung Anastasia Nicholaievna by KeeganYoung
Grand Duchess Anastasia Nicholaievna Romanova, ca. 1911.


"Some persons seem endowed with a peculiar and semitragic gift. They live out their lives and die, only to provide drama for the playwright or novelist. Their's is not the stuff of life, but of fiction. Such a woman was Anastasia, daughter of the last Russian Tsar, supposedly massacred at Ekaterinburg in July, 1918. She lived out her life like a princess in a fairy tale, with her bumbling, bourgeois Emperor father, the only false note in the royal symphony. Anastasia laughed and played and worked through the hours of her young life, touched with the magic of unreality, carrying a thousand years of August tradition upon her frail shoulders. In the fairy tales, the princess lived happily ever after. Anastasia lived in an all-to-real world. Officially, her life was snuffed out by Bolshevist guns in the Ekaterinburg cellar. If it was, she fell - I am sure - with great dignity and grace, her silken skirts weighted with the jewels that would have bought her way to freedom. The historical Anastasia vanishes here, reduced to a grotesque, red-stained doll lying limply across a sack of potatoes; and the infinetly more satisfying Anastsia of the legend rises, phoenix-like from her body..."


*Entirely and utterly dedicated to Holly James Daugherty, for whose text messages of motivation I could never have done this without.

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Idontknowwhoyouknow Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks so realistic!
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chickaablet Featured By Owner May 19, 2012
So beautiful. You have to admit, the animated film did a good job with some of the historical accuracies. Such as this dress.
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KeeganYoung Featured By Owner May 20, 2012
Thanks! Regardless of what anyone says about the 1997 film, I'll love it till the end.
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chickaablet Featured By Owner May 21, 2012
You're welocme~ The movie has such beautiful music too such as Once Upon a December. Did you there was another animated film of it made in the same year?
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KeeganYoung Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
Yep, I have the other version on DVD as well. Nothing to be compared to its 21st Century Fox Film counterpart though ; )
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chickaablet Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
So true. They certainly don't make films like that any more
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potof27 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011
Nice job.
Have you read Anastasia's story in the Roayal Diaries series? You might like it, judging from your signature.
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KeeganYoung Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011
I've read that book many a time, and many a year ago. Thanks! :D
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Quiriter Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011   Traditional Artist
What a beautiful portrait) I really don-t remember when this photo has been taken... I guess It's Anastasia Nicolaevna in her costume at the Ball in honor of 300 years of Romanov's house, am I right?
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