The Summer Palaces of the Romanovs: Treasures from Tsarskoye Selo

The Summer Palaces of the Romanovs: Treasures from Tsarskoye Selo


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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

Situated just south of St. Petersburg, the Russian imperial residence of Tsarskoye Selo is now more than three hundred years old. Tsarskoye Selo (“Tsar’s Village”) was once a modest estate housing a summer residence for Catherine I, second wife of Peter the Great. The building now known as the Catherine Palace was extensively rebuilt by Empress Elizabeth and then lavishly refurbished by Catherine the Great. This empress's love of art and decoration is evident in the sumptuous interiors and in the extensive park, filled with fanciful pavilions, bridges, and monuments. Catherine also commissioned the neoclassical Alexander Palace for her favorite grandson, the future Alexander I; this later became home to the last tsar, Nicholas II, and his family until their exile to Siberia. The palace is a glorious showcase for Russian art and craftsmanship in a huge variety of materials and techniques, from the mirrors and lavish gilding of the Great Hall to the blood-red beauty of the Agate Rooms, their walls lined with Siberian jasper. Tsarskoye Selo is not only a piece of art history but a living testimony to the tastes and private passions of the Romanov family. Their clothes and porcelain, their desks and bookshelves build an intimate and involving portrait of life in imperial Russia.

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

About 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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The Summer Palaces of the Romanovs: Treasures from Tsarskoye Selo 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
garfieldTJ More than 1 year ago
The Summer Places of the Romanovs is a very nice book, well done. Good authors providing the coverage. The clamshell box is very nice but the overall size of the book will keep some potential readers away. For this book I would recommend an eventual paperback printing of the book in a year or so, so this rarely covered topic has the chance to be experienced by more readers.
mathomhaus More than 1 year ago
This book is both very beautiful and quite strange. It arrives, not in a slip case but in a tight fitting and quite deluxe lidded box. The photography is beautiful but in keeping with the "Treasures" in the title, 70 to 80% of the pictures are all closeups - like the embroidery on the part of the arm of a chair , but with no photo of the whole chair. Or photos of a small section of a room w/o an establishing shot of the whole room, On a positive note, the photography is beautiful and there are a number of historical photos that may not have been published before... The strange part about this book is that while I've been in this palace twice and am quite familiar with it, this book gives you no real feeling for the building or the rooms or the area where the palace is located... Tsarskoye Selo comes across in this book as a wonderful museum but not a place where people - even Romanovs - ever lived.