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Power and Paint: The Patronage of Women Artists at the Court of Catherine II

Catherine the Great’s passion for the arts served a vital role in her efforts to position herself as a paragon of the Enlightenment. With avaricious focus she snaffled celebrated art…

From  Jack Allen on March 19th, 2021 0 likes 29 plays

The Hermitage or a “museum” in 1770 according to Catherine the Great

Why did Catherine the Great build the entire complex of the Hermitage ? This question could constitute the main thread in our presentation. Behind the origins of the Hermitage was the initial idea of…

From  Jack Allen on February 18th, 2021 0 likes 56 plays

From Rudolf II to Catherine II: Goltzius’ Without Bacchus and Ceres, Venus is Chilled and its Iconography

Hendrick Goltzius (1558–1617): Without Bacchus and Ceres, Venus is Chilled, c. 1604–6 This superb large drawing, executed in a manner that imitates the technique of engraving on copper,…

From  Jack Allen on December 18th, 2020 0 likes 46 plays

How to be a European: Collecting Drawings in Imperial Russia

Catherine the Great founded the now internationally-renowned drawings collection of the Hermitage Museum with the purchase in 1768 of the cabinet of Count Charles Cobenzl (Brussels). At a time when…

From  Jack Allen on December 18th, 2020 0 likes 45 plays