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

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

by Susan Jaques

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ISBN-13: 9781681771144
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 03/31/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 480
File size: 46 MB
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About the Author

Susan Jaques is a journalist specializing in art. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA. She is the author of A Love for the Beautiful: Discovering America's Hidden Art Museums and The Empress of Art: Catherine the Great and the Transformation of Russia.  She lives in Los Angeles, California, where she’s a gallery docent at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Part 1 Extreme Makeover 1

1 This Heavy Thing 3

2 The Brightest Star of the North 10

3 The Ambrosia of Asia 19

4 Collecting Debut 26

5 Building Frenzy 32

6 My Falcon, My Golden Pheasant 39

Part 2 Russia is a European Nation 45

1 A Monument to Peter and to You 47

2 Make Peace with Your Enemy 58

3 My Prodigal Son 66

4 The Saxon Richelieu 71

5 The Earth and Sea Trembled 82

Part 3 War and Love 91

1 Queen of Feasts 93

2 Dressed to "Empress" 103

3 Peace Offerings 112

4 Crozat the Poor 117

5 The Coachman of Europe 125

6 Tiger in the Forest 132

Part 4 Peace and Prosperity 139

1 Sleepless Nights 141

2 Anglomania 148

3 A Crowd and Not a City 156

4 Breaking the Mold 162

5 Brother Gu 171

6 Cateau and the Hermit of Ferney 177

Part 5 A Second Rome 183

1 Cat and Mouse 185

2 Raphaelism 197

3 Sashenka 204

4 Palladio's Shadow 215

5 The Greek Project 221

Part 6 Empire Building 235

1 Mother of the Fatherland 237

2 A Rose without Thorns 244

3 The Master of Neuwied 252

4 An Accidental Michelangelo 259

5 Slings and Arrows 268

6 Baby Hercules 273

Part 7 War and Revolution 281

1 Center Stage 283

2 Cameo Fever 288

3 Russia's Paradise 294

4 Betrayals 303

5 French Madness 309

6 Curtain Call 313

Part 8 Reaction 319

1 Tears and Despair 321

2 A Ticking Clock 326

3 Warsaw's Ours 333

4 Catherine's Library 341

5 Queen of the World 346

6 Joined in Death 351

Part 9 Legacy 363

1 A Son's Revenge 365

2 Art-Loving Grandsons 370

3 The End of the Line 383

4 Raiding the Hermitage 394

5 Preservation 400

Bibliography 407

Endnotes 423

Acknowledgments 449

Index 451

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