"Marie, the third daughter, was the prettiest of the four. She had red cheeks, thick, light brown hair and dark blue eyes so large that they were known in the family as ‘Marie’s saucers.’ As a small child, she was chubby and glowing with health. In adolescence, she was merry and flirtatious. Marie liked to paint, but she was too lazy and gay to apply herself seriously. What Marie, whom everyone called ‘Mashka,’ liked most was to talk about marriage and children. More than one observer has noted that, had she not been the daughter of the Tsar, this strong, warmhearted girl would have made some man an excellent wife.

Robert K. Massie, Nicholas & Alexandra

Visual Development from Cinderella by Mary Blair

Let them eat cake.


Vaganova girls (Last part) 


25 Photographs of The Edwardian Era {25/25}


Debutante Ball In Harlem


Gustav Klimt (1862-1918): Mother and Child, detail from The Three Ages of Woman [Die drei Lebensalter der Frau], 1905, oil on canvas, 180 x 180 cm, Galleria Nationale d’Arte Moderna, Rome, Italy, source: commons.wikimedia.org and teladoiofirenze.it.