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Selling Russia's treasures. The Soviet trade in nationalized art, 1917-1938. Rev. ed.

Author: Nicholas V Iljine; Natalya Semyonova
Publisher: New York : Abbeville Press Inc. 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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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 royal family, aristocracy, and church 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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nicholas V Iljine; Natalya Semyonova
ISBN: 9780789211545 0789211548
OCLC Number: 871242796
Description: 364 p.
Contents: Introduction 5 Natalya Semyonova, Nicholas V. Iljine The Lessons of the Museum Sales 7 Mikhail Piotrovsky The Temple of Fine Arts 10 Amir G. Kabiri Inspired by the Past 11 Dmitry Gourji Chapter one Citizens, Preserve Monuments of Art! 14 Chapter two The Romanov Treasure Trail 28 Chapter three The Pillage of the Russian Church 60 Chapter four The Palace-Museums 96 Rifat Gafifullin Chapter five The Destruction of the Hermitage 128 Elena Solomakha Chapter six Museum of Modern Art. Bargain Sales of the 1920s--1930s 224 Alexey Petukhov Chapter seven Books for Sale 244 Elena Emelianova Chapter eight Buyers. Collectors and Collections Calouste Gulbenkian 260 Armand Hammer 266 Andrew Mellon 270 Joseph Davies and Marjorie Post 276 In Place of an Epilogue 283 Pavel Khoroshilov Appendix The Russian Crown Jewels 289 Victor Nikitan Russian Icons in European Collections 312 Yuri Pyatnitsky Archival Documents 324 Chronology 336 Main Participants 344 Collectors 350 Abbreviations 353 Bibliography 354 Index 357
Responsibility: Nicholas V. Iljine; Natalya Semyonova.

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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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