Pesne, Antoine (1683-1747); French. Medium: oil on canvas. Date: 1725. Christian August, Prince of Anhalt-Zerbst (1690?1747) was a German prince of the House of Ascania. He was a ruler of the Principality of Anhalt-Dornburg, then, from 1742, a ruler of the entire Principality of Anhalt-Zerbst. He was also a Prussian Generalfeldmarschall, but is best known for being the father of Catherine the Great of Russia. Provenance: State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, Russia. Photographic Rights The Bridgeman Art Library.