Gifts to the Tsars, 1500-1700: Treasures from the Kremlin

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Created to accompany an exhibition at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (from September 2001 until January 2002), this hefty catalog features objects that are distinguished by their expensive materials and high level of artisanry. The decorative arts of the catalog are organized by their country of origin, including the Christian East, the Ottoman and Safavid courts, Poland, Lithuania, Austria, England, the Dutch Republic, Sweden, Denmark and Schleswig-Holstein. Essays contextualize the collection with studies on ...
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Overview

Created to accompany an exhibition at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (from September 2001 until January 2002), this hefty catalog features objects that are distinguished by their expensive materials and high level of artisanry. The decorative arts of the catalog are organized by their country of origin, including the Christian East, the Ottoman and Safavid courts, Poland, Lithuania, Austria, England, the Dutch Republic, Sweden, Denmark and Schleswig-Holstein. Essays contextualize the collection with studies on ceremony, foreign relations, diplomacy, the European decorative arts, and the gifts received from the 16th through the 18th centuries. Shifman is a curator at the Indianapolis Museum of Art; Walton is an art historian at New York University.

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Focusing on the diplomatic gifts presented to Russian tsars from Ivan the Terrible to Peter the Great, this detailed and well-researched work serves as the catalog of a traveling exhibition now showing at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. General editors Walton (art history, NYU) and Shifman (curator of decorative arts, Indianapolis Museum of Art) have assembled exquisite photography of the 95 gifts selected for the exhibition, along with seven essays. The photos reveal the splendor of Russian court life, while the essays focus on different aspects of diplomacy and Russian foreign relations, as well as on treasures ranging from gold and silver to furs and textiles to jewelry and decorative arts. The catalog is arranged by the gifts' country or empire of origin, and each section is accompanied by brief introductory remarks about each of the treasures on view. The book concludes with short biographies of each of the tsars, patriarchs, and donors. This dazzling and fascinating book is essential for any collection on Russian culture and history and is highly recommended for art collections in general. Stephen Allan Patrick, East Tennessee State Univ. Lib., Johnson City Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780936260754
  • Publisher: Indianapolis Museum of Art
  • Publication date: 11/1/2001
  • Pages: 336

Table of Contents

Preface 6
Foreword 8
1. The Projection and Celebration of Power 11
2. Russian Foreign Relations and Diplomacy 21
3. Ambassadorial Ceremony at the Tsar's Court 43
4. Envoys and Treasures: Illustrations for the Tsars 63
5. Diplomatic and Ambassadorial Gifts of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries 75
6. European Decorative Arts as Diplomatic Gifts 97
7. Ambassadorial Gifts: Masterpieces of European Silver at the Kremlin Armory 113
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The Court of the Russian Tsar 135
Gifts from the Christian East 167
Gifts from the Ottoman Empire and Safavid Persia 177
Gifts from Poland and Lithuania 201
Gifts from Austria 223
Gifts from England 231
Gifts from the Dutch Republic 251
Gifts from Sweden 267
Gifts from Denmark 289
Gifts from Schleswig-Holstein 301
Biographies of Tsars and Donors 306
Bibliography 326
Index 331
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