The Summer Palaces of the Romanovs: Treasures from Tsarskoye Selo (Hardcover)

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By Emmanuel Ducamp (Editor), Marc Walter (By (photographer))
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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.

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.

Praise For…

A lustrous album of photographs by Marc Walter.... With wise and rapturous commentary....
— New York Times

A breathtaking work perfectly balancing informative prose with photos that dazzle the eye
— The Gilmore Guide to Books

Even in our age of conspicuous consumption, it’s hard to imagine the grandeur of The Summer Palaces of the Romanovs.
— Woman Around Town

Product Details
ISBN: 9780500516478
ISBN-10: 0500516472
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Publication Date: November 5th, 2012
Pages: 360
Language: English