Little is revealed about the true history of the painting, but it was most likely painted prior to the execution of the Royal Family. This is because at the time of her family's execution, Anastasia was only eight-years-old, and in the painting, she still appears to be that young, or possibly even younger.
Depiction of the Royal FamilyEdit
Each member of the Royal Family is featured in the portrait; Czar Nicholas II, Czarina Alexandra, Grand Duchess Olga, Grand Duchess Tatiana, Grand Duchess Maria, Tsarevich Alexei, and of course, Grand Duchess Anastasia. Also included is Alexei's pet dog, Joy, who survived the revolution and execution. The physical characteristics of the family are much different than their real appearences. Nicholas has red hair instead of brown, Alexandra has strawberry blonde hair instead of auburn, Olga has chestnut hair instead of chestnut blonde, Tatiana has orange hair instead of dark auburn, Maria has lush blonde instead of light brown and Alexei has platinum blonde instead of auburn hair. Anastasia's appearence is the only one which resemblances reality.