- Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia (1786–1859)
Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna Portrait of Maria Pavlovna, by Vladimir Borovikovsky Grand Duchess of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach Reign 14 June 1828 - 8 July 1853 Spouse Charles Frederick, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach Issue Prince Paul Alexander
Marie, Princess Charles of Prussia
Augusta, German Empress
Karl Alexander, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
House House of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
House of Holstein-Gottorp-Romanov
Father Paul I of Russia Mother Maria Feodorovna Born 16 February 1786
Saint Petersburg, Empire of All the Russias
Died 23 June 1859(aged 73)
Weimar, Modern day Germany
Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia (Russian: Мария Павловна; 16 February 1786 – 23 June 1859) was the third daughter of Paul I of Russia and Sophie Dorothea of Württemberg. She was the Grand Duchess of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach by her marriage to Charles Frederick, Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach.
Born on 16 February 1786 in Saint Petersburg to the son of Catherine the Great of Russia and his wife - the daughter of Friedrich II Eugen, Duke of Württemberg - Maria Pavlovna was raised at her father's lavish palaces at Pavlovsk and at the nearby Gatchina.
She was the sister of:
- Alexander I, Tsar of Russia (1777–1825), m. Luise Auguste, Princess of Baden (Elizabeth Alexeiyevna) (1779–1826), and had two daughters (both died in childhood).
- Konstantin Pavlovich, Grand Duke of Russia (1779–1831), married Juliane, Princess of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (Anna Feodorovna) (1781–1860); married Joanna, Countess Grudsinska, Princess Lowicz (1799–1831). No children.
- Alexandra Pavlovna (1783–1801) m. Joseph, Archduke of Austria, Count Palatine of Hungary (1776–1847), and had one daughter (died at birth).
- Elena Pavlovna (1784–1803) m. Friedrich Ludwig, Hereditary Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (1778–1819), and had two children.
- Catherine Pavlovna (1788–1819) married Georg, Duke of Oldenburg (1784–1812), had two sons; married Wilhelm I, King of Württemberg (1781–1864), and had two daughters.
- Olga Pavlovna (22 July 1792 – 26 January 1795).
- Anna Pavlovna (1795–1865) m. Willem II, King of the Netherlands (1792–1849), and had five children.
- Nicholas I, Tsar of Russia (1796–1855), m. Charlotte, Princess of Prussia (Alexandra Feodorovna) (1798–1860), and had ten children.
- Michael Pavlovich, Grand Duke of Russia (1798–1849), m. Charlotte, Princess of Württemberg (Elena Pavlovna) (1807–1873), and had five children.
As a child, she was not considered pretty: her features were disfigured as a result of a pioneering application of the Smallpox vaccine. Her grandmother, Catherine II of Russia, admired her precocious talent as a pianist but declared that she would have been better to have been born a boy. Her music instructor was Giuseppe Sarti (1729-1802), an Italian composer and Kapellmeister at the Russian court. From 1798, she was taught music by Ludwig-Wilhelm Tepper de Ferguson (1768-1838). In 1796 her grandmother died making her father the new Emperor of Russia as Paul I.
On 3 August 1804, she married Charles Frederick, Hereditary Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach (later Grand Duke) (2 February 1783 – 8 July 1853). The couple stayed in Saint Petersburg for nine months, before departing for Weimar. There Maria was greeted with a bout of festivities, as described by Christoph Martin Wieland: "The most festive part of all the magnificence of balls, fireworks, promenades, comedies, illuminations was the widespread and genuine joy at the arrival of our new princess".
Maria and Carl had four children:
- Paul Alexander Karl Constantin Frederick August of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach (25 September 1805, Weimar – 10 April 1806, Weimar)
- Marie Luise Alexandrine of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach (1808–1877), married Karl of Prussia
- Augusta Louisa Katherine of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach (1811–1890), married Wilhelm I and became German Empress.
- Karl Alexander August Johann of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach (1818–1901)
After the death of the Grand Duke Carl Friedrich in 1853 she retired from public life.
Her last trip to Russia was to the coronation of her nephew as Alexander II of Russia in 1855.
Patronage of arts and sciences
Maria Pavlovna was interested in arts as well as in sciences. She was a patroness of art, science and social welfare in the poor Grand-Dukedom of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach. She maintained a lifelong correspondence with Vasily Zhukovsky and it was to her that Schiller dedicated one of his last poems. She attended ten courses at the University of Jena, some delivered by Alexander von Humboldt, and was instrumental in establishing the Falk Institute in Weimar.
She selected, as tutor to her son Charles Alexander, the Genevan Frédéric Soret, who became well acquainted with Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. In her later years, Maria Pavlovna invited Franz Liszt to her court, restoring a measure of artistic excellence previously associated with Weimar. However, her growing deafness prevented her from enjoying the premiere of Lohengrin in Weimar on 28 August 1850.
Most famous were the "Literary Evenings (Literarische Abende)" where scholars from the neighboring Jena University and others from outside the Grand-Dukedom were invited to give lectures on various topics. This circle was a focus in post-classical Weimar.
Schiller praised her "talents in music and painting and genuine love of reading", while Goethe hailed her as one of the worthiest women of his time.
Her Traces in Jena and Weimar
She owned a small chalet close to Jena, owned formerly by the Protestant theologist of Enlightenment Griesbach, where she used to spend the summer with her children. Maria Pavlovna is buried in Weimar, in a Russian-style chapel by the side of the Goethe-Schiller Mausoleum.
Titles, styles, honours and arms
Titles and styles
- 16 February 1786 - 3 August 1804 Her Imperial Highness Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia
- 3 August 1804 -14 June 1828 Her Imperial Highness The Hereditary Grand Duchess of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
- 14 June 1828 - 8 July 1853 Her Imperial Highness The Grand Duchess of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
- 8 July 1853 - 23 June 1859 Her Imperial Highness The Dowager Grand Duchess of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
Ancestors of Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia (1786–1859) 16. Frederick IV, Duke of Holstein-Gottorp 8. Charles Frederick, Duke of Holstein-Gottorp 17. Hedwig Sophia of Sweden 4. Peter III of Russia 18. Peter I of Russia 9. Anna Petrovna of Russia 19. Catherine I of Russia 2. Paul I of Russia 20. John Louis I, Prince of Anhalt-Dornburg 10. Christian August, Prince of Anhalt-Zerbst 21. Christine Eleonore von Zeustch 5. Catherine II of Russia 22. Christian August of Holstein-Gottorp, Prince of Eutin 11. Johanna Elisabeth of Holstein-Gottorp 23. Albertina Frederica of Baden-Durlach 1. Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia 24. Frederick Charles of Württemberg-Winnental 12. Karl Alexander, Duke of Württemberg 25. Eleonore Juliane of Brandenburg-Ansbach 6. Friedrich II Eugen, Duke of Württemberg 26. Anselm Franz, 2nd Prince of Thurn and Taxis 13. Princess Maria Augusta of Thurn and Taxis 27. Princess Maria Ludovika of Lobkowicz 3. Sophie Dorothea of Württemburg 28. Philip William, Margrave of Brandenburg-Schwedt 14. Friedrich Wilhelm, Margrave of Brandenburg-Schwedt 29. Princess Johanna Charlotte of Anhalt-Dessau 7. Friederike Dorothea of Brandenburg-Schwedt 30. Frederick William I of Prussia 15. Sophie Dorothea Marie, Princess of Prussia 31. Sophia Dorothea of Hanover
Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia (1786–1859)House of Holstein-Gottorp-RomanovCadet branch of the House of OldenburgBorn: 16 February 1786 Died: 23 June 1859
- Jena, Detlef, Maria Pawlowna. Großherzogin an Weimars Musenhof, Regensburg 1999.
- Ihre Kaiserliche Hoheit. Maria Pawlowna. Zarentochter am Weimarer Hof, ed. Stiftung Weimarer Klassik und Kunstsammlungen, Weimar, Weimar 2004.
German royalty Preceded by
Louise of Hesse-Darmstadt
Grand Duchess consort of Saxe-Weimar
14 June 1828 – 8 July 1853
Sophie of the Netherlands
Grand Duchesses of Russia 1st generation 2nd generation 3rd generationnone 4th generationGrand Duchess Anna Petrovna 5th generation
- Alexandra Pavlovna, Archduchess Joseph of Austria
- Elena Pavlovna, Hereditary Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
- Maria Pavlovna, Grand Duchess of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
- Catherine Pavlovna, Queen of Württemberg
- Grand Duchess Olga Pavlovna
- Anna Pavlovna, Queen of the Netherlands
- Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna
- Grand Duchess Elizabeth Alexandrovna
- Maria Nicholaevna, Duchess of Leuchtenberg
- Olga Nicholaevna, Queen of Württemberg
- Grand Duchess Maria Mikhailovna
- Alexandra Nikolaevna, Princess Frederick William of Hesse-Cassel
- Yelizaveta Mikhaylovna, Duchess of Nassau
- Grand Duchess Elizabeth Nicholaevna
- Catherine Mikhailovna, Duchess George Augustus of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
- Grand Duchess Anna Mikhailovna
7th generation 8th generation 9th generation 10th generation
- * title granted by Grand Duke Cyril Vladimirovich
- ** title granted by Grand Duke Vladimir Cyrillovich
The generations are numbered from the ascension of Charles Augustus as Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach in 1809 and later Grand Duke in 1815. 1st generationGrand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia · Princess Ida of Saxe-Meiningen 2nd generationPrincess Sophie of the Netherlands · Lady Augusta Katherine Gordon-Lennox* · Princess Auguste of Württemberg 3rd generationPrincess Pauline of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach^ · Princess Gerta of Isenburg-Büdingen in Wächtersbach 4th generationPrincess Caroline Reuss of Greiz · Princess Feodora of Saxe-Meiningen 5th generationBaroness Elisabeth of Wangenheim-Winterstein · Princess Felicitas of Salm-Horstmar · Gisela Jänisch 6th generationRenate Henkel · Dagmar Hennings · Eva Kovarcz 7th generationnone *'Only recognize as a princess by marriage in the United Kingdom
^'also a Princess of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach by birth
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