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

Author: Susan Jaques
Publisher: New York, NY : Pegasus Books, [2016] ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First Pegasus books cloth editionView all editions and formats
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"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 coup that ended with him being strangled with  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
History
Named Person: Catherine, Empress of Russia; Catherine, Empress of Russia; Catherine, Empress of Russia; Katharina, Russland Zarin; Ekaterina II.
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Susan Jaques
ISBN: 9781605989723 160598972X
OCLC Number: 944958990
Description: xiv, 466 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : chiefly color illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Part One: Extreme Makeover. This Heavy Thing ; The Brightest Star of the North ; The Ambrosia of Asia ; Collecting Debut ; Building Frenzy ; My Falcon, My Golden Pheasant --
Part Two: Russia is a European Nation. A Monument to Peter and to You ; Make Peace with Your Enemy ; My Prodigal Son ; The Saxon Richelieu ; The Earth and Sea Trembled --
Part Three: War and Love. Queen of Feasts ; Dressed to "Empress" ; Peace Offerings ; Crozat the Poor ; The Coachman of Europe ; Tiger in the Forest --
Part Four: Peace and Prosperity. Sleepless Nights ; Anglomania ; A Crowd and Not a City ; Breaking the Mold ; Brother Gu ; Cateau and the Hermit of Ferney --
Part Five: A Second Rome. Cat and Mouse ; Raphaelism ; Sashenka ; Palladio's Shadow ; The Greek Project --
Part Six: Empire Building. Mother of the Fatherland ; A Rose without Thorns ; The Master of Neuwied ; An Accidental Michelangelo ; Slings and Arrows ; Baby Hercules --
Part Seven: War and Revolution. Center Stage ; Cameo Fever ; Russia's Paradise ; Betrayals ; French Madness ; Curtain Call --
Part Eight: Reaction. Tears and Despair ; A Ticking Clock ; Warsaw's Ours ; Catherine's Library ; Queen of the World ; Joined in Death --
Part Nine. Legacy. A Son's Revenge ; Art-Loving Grandsons ; The End of the Line ; Raiding the Hermitage ; Preservation.
Responsibility: Susan Jaques.

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"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 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 more fascinating than Catherine the Great, and for the first time, Susan Jaques brings her to life through the prism of art."--Publisher's website.

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