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

The Empress of Art

Catherine the Great and the Transformation of Russia

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ISBN10: 1681774208 ISBN13: 9781681774206 Publisher: Pegasus Books Published: Jun 13 2017 Pages: 466 Weight: 1.00lbs. Height: 9.00" Width: 6.00" Depth: 1.25" Language: English

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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.

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