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Catherine the Great: An Enlightened Empress
by National Museums Scotland
From the exhibition:
Catherine the Great: An Enlightened Empress, the exhibition, is on at the National Museum of Scotland 13 July-21 October 2012, its only venue. It showcases the truly spectactular collections of Catherine the Great, one of Russia's most successful rulers.
Sharp, funny, generous, iron-willed and passionate, Catherine (1729-96) was also one of the greatest art collectors of all time.
The exhibition includes: costumes and uniforms; snuffboxes inlaid with precious gems, gold and silver; ancient Greek and Roman carved cameos depicting figures from biblical stories, mythology and history; and many of the finest examples of porcelain, glass, metal, and polished stone items ever made in Russia.
The book has eight illustrated essays by experts in the fields of Russian history and art, followed by a selected catalogue of the 600+ exhibits.
Catherine the Great
"The Glory of Russia is My Glory"
Two Pastimes of Catherine II: Collecting and Building
Painting and Sculpture During the Reign of Catherine the Great
Catherine the Great's Collection of Paintings
"Flourishing Industries" During the Reign of Catherine II
Catherine the Great and European Decorative Art
Scots in the Service of the Great Catherine
Illustrated with 200 black & white and color images.
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