The Empress of Art: Catherine the Great and the Transformation of Russia

Author: Susan Jaques

Publisher: Pegasus Books

ISBN: 1681771144

Category: Art

Page: 480

View: 9048

Ruthless and passionate, Catherine the Great is singularly responsible for amassing one of the most awe-inspiring collections of art in the world and turning St. Petersburg in to a world wonder. The Empress of Art brings to life the creation of this captivating woman's greatest legacy An art-oriented biography of the mighty Catherine the Great, who rose from seemingly innocuous beginnings to become one of the most powerful people in the world. A German princess who married a decadent and lazy Russian prince, Catherine mobilized support amongst the Russian nobles, playing off of her husband's increasing corruption and abuse of power. She then staged a coup that ended with him being strangled with his own scarf in the halls of the palace and herself crowned the Empress of Russia. Intelligent and determined, Catherine modeled herself off of her grandfather in-law, Peter the Great, and sought to further modernize and westernize Russia. She believed that the best way to do this was through a ravenous acquisition of art, which Catherine often used as a form of diplomacy with other powers throughout Europe. She was a self-proclaimed "glutton for art" and she would be responsible for the creation of the Hermitage, one of the largest museums in the world, second only to the Louvre. Catherine also spearheaded the further expansion of St. Petersburg, and the magnificent architectural wonder the city became is largely her doing. There are few women in history more fascinating than Catherine the Great, and for the first time, Susan Jaques brings her to life through the prism of art.

The Hermitage

250 Masterworks

Author: Hermitage Museum

Publisher: Skira

ISBN: 9780847842094

Category: Art

Page: 272

View: 6198

Highlights from the palatial Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, are beautifully reproduced in an accessible volume celebrating the museum's 250th anniversary. For 250 years, the State Hermitage Museum has been one of the world's most palatial and significant museums. The Hermitage collections were developed beginning in 1764 by Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia, and now encompass more than 3 million works of art and artifacts displayed within a spectacular architectural ensemble, the heart of which is the famed Winter Palace. Now, on this important anniversary, this stunning volume captures the masterpieces that make this world-famous institution a cultural destination and a global treasure. The Hermitage: 250 Masterworks explores this sumptuous collection in the manner of a private tour, showcasing the museum's extraordinary and uniquely underpublished treasures: no other institution has thirty-six Rembrandts; works by Italian Renaissance artists including Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Titian; Spanish artists such as Vel++zquez, Ribera, and Murillo; Flemish baroque artists such as van Dyck, Rubens, and Jan Brueghel the Elder; impressionist and post-impressionist works by Renoir, Monet, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cezanne, and Degas; and modern paintings by Matisse, Picasso, Malevich, and Kandinsky. Priceless antiquities, feats of mechanical engineering such as the famous Peacock Clock, and works of sculpture and decorative arts will also be shown. With lavish reproductions accompanied by texts by the museum's leading curators, this volume is sure be cherished by art lovers around the world.

The Hermitage

Author: Oleg Yakovlevich Neverov,Dmitry Pavlovich Alexinsky

Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications

ISBN: 9780847835034

Category: Art

Page: 656

View: 2485

The definitive volumes celebrating the collections of the Hermitage Museum. For nearly 250 years the State Hermitage has been one of Europe's most palatial museums. It encompasses more than three million works of art and artifacts displayed within a spectacular architectural ensemble, the heart of which is the famed Winter Palace. The two volumes of The Hermitage Collections capture the masterpieces and discuss the history that make this world-famous institution a cultural destination and a global treasure. Many of its rarely reproduced works are included in these two volumes, such as The Raphael Loggias (as copied from the Vatican), Michelangelo's Crouching Boy, The Gonzaga Cameo, Leonardo da Vinci's Madonna with a Flower (The Benois Madonna), and Titian's St. Sebastian. The Hermitage collections were developed beginning in 1764 by Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia. Today, the Hermitage collections constitute one of the great art museums of the world.

A Better World is Possible

The Gatsby Charitable Foundation and Social Progress

Author: Georgina Ferry

Publisher: Profile Books

ISBN: 1782833854

Category: Social Science

Page: 271

View: 943

On 17 March 1967, the 26-year-old David Sainsbury wrote out a cheque for 5 and established the trust which would become the Gatsby Charitable Foundation. Gatsby's purpose was ambitious: to make the world a better place by taking on some of the social, economic and scientific challenges that face humanity. In recent years, Gatsby has spent around 50m annually on charitable activities, and by its 50th anniversary in 2017 it will have spent over 1bn on programmes that range from reducing poverty in Africa to raising the standard of technical education, investigating how plants fight disease, and finding out how the brain works. But despite Gatsby's wide reach and the level of its donations, it has always functioned discreetly and out of the public eye. Georgina Ferry's in-depth account reveals its achievements and invites us to question how the super-rich - and even the moderately affluent - might spend their money more wisely and for the common good.

Der Louvre

alle Gemälde

Author: Vincent Pomarède

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783832194574

Category:

Page: 766

View: 1956


FMR

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Art

Page: N.A

View: 4874


Palast der Erinnerungen

Author: Debra Dean

Publisher: Knaur eBook

ISBN: 342643508X

Category: Drama

Page: 304

View: 2540

Gemälde als Flucht aus der kalten Realität - »Palast der Erinnerungen« von Debra Dean Die junge Marina ist Museumsführerin in der berühmten Leningrader Eremitage. Früher umgaben sie faszinierende Gemälde und die tiefe Zuneigung des Mannes, den sie liebt. Nun aber, im Winter 1941, ist sie allein und die Museumssäle sind leer. In der Stadt herrschen Hunger, Not und Verzweiflung. Doch Marina hat ihren eigenen Weg gefunden, das Elend zu ertragen: Sie geht von Saal zu Saal und erinnert sich der Meisterwerke, die vor dem Krieg dort hingen. Sie sieht anmutige Gesten, betörende Farben, die Strahlkraft des Lichts. So entsteht in Marina das ganze Museum zu neuem Leben. Vor allem die Erinnerung an die Madonnenbilder und ihre Schönheit lassen sie alles überleben. Jahrzehnte später sind es wieder die Madonnenbilder, die ihr Trost spenden. Marina, deren Gedächtnis sie immer häufiger im Stich lässt, flüchtet sich erneut zu den Bildern und erlebt noch einmal Geborgenheit und Glück. »Was für ein tröstlicher Gedanke, den Debra Dean ihrem Romandebüt »Palast der Erinnerungen« zugrunde gelegt hat: Es ist die Schönheit der Kunst, die jede Finsternis erhellt. Nach der Lektüre dieses Buches glaubt man fest daran.« - Brigitte Begeisterte Leserstimmen: »Ein Buch über Liebe, Schönheit und über die Kraft der Imagination. Volle Punktzahl(...).« »Hier ist alles vereint, was einem Roman Spannung, Dynamik und die nötige Dramatik verleiht.« »Liebevoll, romantisch, anrührend und realistisch...«

The Rough Guide to St Petersburg

Author: Dan Richardson

Publisher: Rough Guides UK

ISBN: 1848363265

Category: Travel

Page: 448

View: 4784

Make the most of your time with The Rough Guide to St Petersburg, the ultimate guide to this beautiful city. The full-colour section introduces St Petersburg’s highlights, from world-class ballet and opera at the Mariinskiy Theatre to the gilded mosaics of the Church of the Saviour on the Blood. The guide takes a detailed look at Russian history, literature and cultural life with expert background on everything from the superlative art collection of the Hermitage and the city’s spectacular Imperial palaces to snowmobiling in Karelia. There are plenty of practical tips and information on all the best accommodation, transportation and restaurants and lively reviews of hundreds of shops, bars and clubs. Discover every corner of St. Petersburg with the clearest maps of any guide.