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Treasures of the Court / Catherine the Great of Russia (r. 1762–1796)

Covering 500 years, 38 patrons and several continents, this course is an examination of audacious acts of patronage and how they resulted in some of the finest art collections in the world.

Catherine the Great of Russia (r. 1762–1796)

Intent on modernising Russia, Catherine the Great built the Hermitage of which she wrote "[it] contains 38,000 books; there are four rooms filled with books and prints, 10,000 engraved gems (and another 34,000 casts and pastes), roughly 10,000 drawings and a natural history collection that fills two large galleries." She also commissioned buildings, statuary, and gardens, founded academies and journals, and libraries, bought Diderot's library, wrote librettos for operas and satirical plays.


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Date and Time:

17 March 2015 at 10:45 am


Half Day



The University Women's Club
2 Audley Square

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