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Selling Russia's treasures : the Soviet trade in nationalized art, 1917-1938

Author: Семенова, Н. Ю., ; ; N I︠U︡ Semenova; Nicolas V Iljine; M.T. Abraham Center for the Visual Arts.
Publisher: Paris : The M. T. Abraham Center for the Visual Arts Foundation, New York : Abbeville Press [2013] ©2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Selling Russia's Treasures documents one of the great cultural dramas of the twentieth century: the sale, by a cash-hungry Soviet government, of the artistic treasures accumulated by the Russian aristocracy over the centuries and nationalized after the October 1917 revolution. An astonishing variety of objects, from icons and illuminated manuscripts to Fabergé eggs and Old Master paintings, entered the collections  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Семенова, Н. Ю., ; ; N I︠U︡ Semenova; Nicolas V Iljine; M.T. Abraham Center for the Visual Arts.
ISBN: 9780789211545 0789211548
OCLC Number: 859248042
Notes: Revised and expanded translation of Prodannye sokrovishcha Rossii.
Description: 361 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 31 cm
Contents: The lessons of the museum sales / Mikhail Piotrovsky --
The temple of fine arts / Amir G. Kabiri --
Inspired by the past / Dmitry Gourji --
Citizens, preserve monuments of art! --
The Romanov treasure trail --
The pillage of the Russian Church --
Russian icons and art market / Yuri Pyatnitsky --
The palace-museums / Rifat Gafifullin --
The destruction of the Hermitage / Elena Solomakha --
Museum of Modern Western Art : bargain sales of the 1920s-1930s / Alexey Petukhov --
Books for sale / Elena Emelianova --
Buyers, collectors and collections --
In place of an epilogue / Pavel Khoroshilov --
The Russian crown jewels / Victor Nikitin --
Russian icons in European collections / Yuri Pyatnitsky.
Other Titles: Prodannye sokrovishcha Rossii.
Responsibility: edited by Natalya Semyonova and Nicolas V. Iljine ; text, Rifat Gafifullin, Elena Emlianova, Alexey Petukhov, Yuri Pyatnitsky, Elena Solomakha ; translation from the Russian, Andrew Bromfield, Howard M. Goldfinger.

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Documents one of the great cultural dramas of the twentieth century: the sale, by a cash-hungry Soviet government, of the artistic treasures accumulated by the Russian aristocracy over the centuries  Read more...

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 With precision and passion, the authors take measure of the irreparable damage done to Russia's heritage for pitifully inadequate financial returns. An avidly researched, magnificently illustrated, Read more...

 
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