1710s. Oil on canvas. 80 x 60 cm. The Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia. Read Note.
Alexey Petrovich (1690-1718), tsarevich, the elder son of Peter the Great by his first wife Evdokia Lopukhina. He opposed all the reforms of his father. In 1716 he ran away to Europe and abdicated. Peter I did not believe that abdication was sincere. Tsarevich was returned to Russia and put under arrest. According to one version he died after torture, by the other he was accused of treason by the Secret Counsel and executed clandestinely