The Summer Palaces of the Romanovs: Treasures from Tsarskoye Selo

The Summer Palaces of the Romanovs: Treasures from Tsarskoye Selo

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by Emmanuel Ducamp
     
 

Specially commissioned photographs by Marc Walter and fascinating archive images capture a bygone age of Romanov splendor that will captivate art lovers and historians alikeSee more details below

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Specially commissioned photographs by Marc Walter and fascinating archive images capture a bygone age of Romanov splendor that will captivate art lovers and historians alike

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Russia's massive Tsarskoye Selo—a summer residence for Russian czars that was a gift from Peter the Great to his wife, Catherine—gets the royal treatment in this voluminous study. Readers will certainly appreciate Russian historian Ducamp's meticulous efforts, as well as essays from experts on the stonework, furnishings, textiles, and the like, but it's Walter's rich photographs that will hold the greatest and most lasting appeal for fans of Russian art and architecture. Closeups of sleeping marble cherubs, stucco details, and highly intricate parquet floors, not to mention the countless portraits of the site's magnificent Neoclassical interiors, combine with majestic shots of the Greek columns lining the Cameron Gallery, and snow-covered pavilions, to give the reader a true sense of place. Each of the book's images is accompanied by a detailed description of the intended use of the room, materials used, or its impact on its surroundings, giving context to the often overwhelming details. Painstakingly organized, this is a fitting tribute to one of the world's true architectural wonders. 336 illus., 298 in color. (Nov.)
New York Times
“A lustrous album of photographs by Marc Walter.... With wise and rapturous commentary....”
The Gilmore Guide to Books
“A breathtaking work perfectly balancing informative prose with photos that dazzle the eye”
Woman Around Town
“Even in our age of conspicuous consumption, it’s hard to imagine the grandeur of The Summer Palaces of the Romanovs.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780500516478
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
Publication date:
11/05/2012
Pages:
360
Sales rank:
1,075,608
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 12.50(h) x 1.90(d)

Meet the Author

Emmanuel Ducamp is head of the Association Paris-Saint-Peterbourg,
and has written extensively on Russian decorative arts and the Romanovs.
He lives in France.

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