In Scotland, an exhibition dedicated to Catherine II automatic translate
This year, 250 years have passed since the coup d’etat, which brought Catherine the Great to the throne of Russia. This event is dedicated to the exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland «Catherine the Great: An Enlightened Empress.» Such a large collection of Russian treasures had never before been seen in Britain.
The exposition presents items from different periods of the Empress’s life: the childhood years of the German Princess Sophia, the years of unhappy marriage with Peter the heir and the subsequent coup d’etat, the reign of the Russian empire.
The impressive portrait of Catherine, made for her coronation, shows that she used art as a projection of power and wealth from the very beginning of her reign. By the time of Catherine’s death in 1796, Russia had become a truly world power, with enlarged borders, a huge military-industrial potential and a brilliant imperial court, to which Europe envied. It was Catherine II who initiated the collection of art objects that served as the basis for the creation of the State Hermitage in St. Petersburg.
At the exhibition you can see the sketches of Rubens, paintings of French artists of the 17th century - Claude Lorrain, Sebastian Bourdon, Eustache Le Sueur, one of the founders of the French Academy. In addition to the paintings there are sculptures, jewelry, porcelain from Russia and Europe, in total more than 600 priceless artifacts from the collection of the State Hermitage, memoirs of Catherine, diaries of her contemporaries.
This is the third exhibition organized by the National Museum of Scotland in partnership with the State Hermitage. Mikhail Piotrovsky, director of the Hermitage Museum, said: «We are very pleased to bring the treasures of Russian museums to Scotland. The history of Catherine the Great is a very important part of the history of Russia. «
The exposition «Catherine the Great: The Enlightened Empress» will be held from July 13 to October 21