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Author Jaques, Susan, author.

Title The empress of art : Catherine the Great and the transformation of Russia / Susan Jaques.

Publication Info. New York, NY : Pegasus Books, 2016.


1 copy being processed for GDL Central Library Non-Fiction.
Edition First Pegasus Books cloth edition
Description xiv, 466 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
text txt rdacontent
still image sti rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 407-447) and index.
Contents Part One: Extreme makeover. This heavy thing ; The brightest star of the North ; The ambrosia of Asia ; Collecting debut ; Building frenzy ; My falcon, my golden pheasant -- Part Two: Russia is a European nation. A monument to Peter and to you ; Make peace with your enemy ; My prodigal son ; The Saxon Richelieu ; The earth and sea trembled -- Part Three: War and love. Queen of feasts ; Dressed to "empress" ; Peace offerings ; Crozat the poor ; The coachman of Europe ; Tiger in the forest -- Part Four: Peace and prosperity. Sleepless nights ; Anglomania ; A crowd and not a city ; Breaking the mold ; Brother Gu ; Cateau and the hermit of Ferney -- Part Five: A second Rome. Cat and mouse ; Raphaelism ; Sashenka ; Palladio's shadow ; The Greek project -- Part Six: Empire building. Mother of the Fatherland ; A rose without thorns ; The Master of Neuwied ; An accidental Michelangelo ; Slings and arrows ; Baby Hercules -- Part Seven: War and revolution. Center stage ; Cameo fever ; Russia's paradise ; Betrayals ; French madness ; Curtain call -- Part Eight: Reaction. Tears and despair ; A ticking clock ; Warsaw's ours ; Catherine's library ; Queen of the world ; Joined in death -- Part Nine. Legacy. A son's revenge ; Art-loving grandsons ; The end of the line ; Raiding the Hermitage ; Preservation.
Summary Traces the remarkable history of Catherine the Great's influential art collection and creation of the Hermitage, discussing how her cultural goals were part of a long-term plan to modernize and westernize Russia.
Subject Catherine II, Empress of Russia, 1729-1796.
Catherine II, Empress of Russia, 1729-1796 -- Art patronage.
Empresses -- Russia -- Biography.
Russia -- History -- Catherine II, 1762-1796.
Art -- Russia (Federation) -- Saint Petersburg.
Gosudarstvenny rmitazh (Russia).
ISBN 9781605989723 (hardcover)
160598972X (hardcover)

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