Susan Jaques - THE EMPRESS OF ART

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Monday, June 27, 2016 - 7:00pm
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2421 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77005
The Empress of Art: Catherine the Great and the Transformation of Russia Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781605989723
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Pegasus Books - April 4th, 2016

Intelligent and determined, Catherine modeled herself off of her grandfather in-law, Peter the Great, and sought to further modernize and westernize Russia. She believed that the best way to do this was through a ravenous acquisition of art, which Catherine often used as a form of diplomacy with other powers throughout Europe. She was a self-proclaimed "glutton for art" and she would be responsible for the creation of the Hermitage, one of the largest museums in the world, second only to the Louvre. Catherine also spearheaded the further expansion of St. Petersburg, and the magnificent architectural wonder the city became is largely her doing. There are few women in history more fascinating than Catherine the Great, and for the first time, Susan Jaques brings her to life through the prism of art.