Nesterov was one of Empress Alexandra's favorite painters, his picture of the Annuciation hung in the Mauve Room. He worked for Grand Duchess Elizabeth in her Martha and Mary convent in Moscow. Here's a bio.
This 1912 book was an official publication of the Minister of the Imperial Court for Tsar Nicholas II, Baron Freederickz. It was published in preparation for the Tercentenary Celebration of the 300th anniversary of the founding of the Romanov Dynasty. It was intended for tourists who were expected for the gala celebration in the Moscow Kremlin. It was originally publiched in French and our translation was done by Rob Moshein.