The Empress of Art: Catherine the Great and the Transformation of Russia (2020)

The Empress of Art Catherine the Great and the Transformation of Russia 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 decaden
  • Title: The Empress of Art: Catherine the Great and the Transformation of Russia
  • Author: Susan Jaques
  • ISBN: 9781605989723
  • Page: 258
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Empress of Art: Catherine the Great and the Transformation of Russia
    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 coAn 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 she being 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 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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    1. The Empress of Art by Susan Jaques is a well written book that accounts the life of Catherine the Great In particular, Jaques details Catherine s passion for collecting fine art while building an empire Her book is a wonderful, easy to read book about a woman who was ahead of her time.You will find a bibliography and end notes providing sources used to write her book.Recommend.Review written after downloading a galley from Edelweiss.

    2. Biographies about Catherine the Great are fraught with problems Catherine the Great Life and Legend by John T Alexander includes judgmental fixation on Catherine s sexuality and demonstrates the male writer s inability to view his subject through her own, female, perspective a failure in a biographical writing if there ever was one On the other hand, female biographers such as Virginia Rounding in her Catherine the Great Love, Sex, and Power capitalize on readers prurient interest about the empr [...]

    3. The ambitious, German born empress remains a rich vein for biographers due to her legendary love life as well as her determination to put her picture gallery on the map Here Catherine emerges as a voracious reader, a supporter of enlightened despotism who maneuvered her way out of a sexless marriage and carried out the expansionist mandate of Peter the Great Her relentless pursuit of Old Masters and European artwork turned St Petersburg into a cultural center Gave me a real desire to go to Russi [...]

    4. Disclaimer I received a copy of this book from a GoodReads giveaway.Catherine the Great is one of the iconic figures of Russian history, but, in our day and age, many know her primarily for being an empress with an over active libido The Empress of Art Catherine the Great and the Transformation of Russia is a refreshing look at a less salacious facet of the woman who made sweeping changes in the way that Russia was perceived by its own people as well as by the world at large.The book is pretty h [...]

    5. In 2014, the State Hermitage Museum celebrated its 250th birthday Catherine launched the feted gallery in 1764 to embarrass her cash strapped political rival Frederick the GreatWith her sensational, often controversial acquisitions, Catherine turned the Hermitage into a showcase for the Russian Enlightenment, rivaling Louis XIV s Versailles and surpassing Frederick s Sanssouci Along the way, the self described glutton for art found fulfillment and romance in the competitive art market of the lat [...]

    6. THE EMPRESS OF ART Catherine the Great and the Transformation of Russia 2016 Susan JaquesIn the hands of the right reader, this would easily have been a 5 star work In my hands, it went way over my head in providing detailed information on Catherine s acquisition and commission of art works to bring her Russia up to European standards I have, luckily, been to many of her palaces and museums in the St Petersburg area, and was overwhelmed by the artwork presented at these venues When faced with an [...]

    7. This book was an interesting look at how Catherine the Great became an avid collector of multiple forms of art, such as portraits, statues, and carved gemstones It also describes the many buildings for which she was responsible The author did a good job of going into enough detail to inform the reader without providing so much information that the book gets bogged down The pictures are gorgeous and make me want to visit some of these places, but I wish there had been even of them.I received thi [...]

    8. Quick synopsis The Empress bought a lot of cool stuff I ve been to the Hermitage, State Archives and the Tretyakov, so I read this with the museum catalogs and memories at hand Interesting to see that a bit of her collection ended up in our National Gallery when the Soviets were cash strapped Reading this alongside Former People was an interesting juxtaposition.

    9. A great art historical view of how Catherine the Great used art and architecture as part of her plan to turn Russia into a European superpower.Fun to read, very factual and inclusive, if at times a bit superficial Still, a great source for an overview of her collecting practices.

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