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Catherine the Great
an Enlighened Empress

Publisher: NMS Enterprises Limited
ISBN 13: 978-1-905267-68-2
Pages: 224
Illustrations: 200 color & black and white
Binding: Hardcover
Price: $32.50

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• Anniversary tie-in - 250 years since Catherine ascended the Russian throne.
• Catalogue of a one-off exhibition in Edinburgh, not to be seen elsewhere.
• Most works have never been seen outside Russia's State Hermitage Museum

This publication features 200 magnificent portraits, costumes, cameos, plus porcelain, glass, metal, and polished stone collected by Empress Catherine (1729-96), who deservedly earned the title, "the Great."

Catherine not only instituted major social reforms and exhibited political prowess, but she sent her agents throughout Europe, collecting art on a scale unimaginable today - scooping up so many treasures that England and France issued laws forbidding the export of large quantities of their art. She commissioned works from artists, and under her art patronage academies, journals and libraries were established.

The works here are from a singular exhibition in Edinburgh that was developed by the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, which Catherine had built, and the National Museums of Scotland. The empress and her contemporaries were prolific writers of letters, journals, diaries and memoirs, and quotes from this rich legacy and the illustrated essays reveal Russia as it takes its first steps towards Westernization.

Contents -
Empress in Waiting
Enlightened Empress
The Small Hermitage
Art of War
Imperial Connections
Art and Architecture
Courtly Pursuits
The Hermitage

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