Moscow: Muzei Moskovskogo Kremlia, 2021. Sewn pb. The introduction summarizes diplomatic and trade relations between France and Russia in the medieval and Muscovite periods and then describes the broadening of ties in several spheres beginning with Peter the Great in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. Works of applied art such as clocks, textiles, fans, snuff boxes, porcelain, jewelry, metalwork, and costume (dresses, caftans, vestments, lace) show how French art, style, and taste influenced the Russian elite, the imperial family, court, and gentry. The ties extended to literature and philosophy under Catherine the Great in the second half of the eighteenth century. Her son Paul's visit of 1782, when he collected many of the works that would adorn the palaces outside St. Petersburg, also furthered Russia's avid interest. The curators have tapped a variety of sources — the Kremlin Museums, the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, the Hermitage, and the palace museums outside St. Petersburg, publishing a great variety of works not seen together before. 383 p., 28 cm, approx. 300 color illus., Rus. with title page, chapter headings, captions, and summary in ENGLISH. Item #4138
Select chapter headings: France and Russia: dialogue through the centuries; Learning from the French: rapprochement and enlightened interaction; Peter the Great in France; Gallophilia and Russian culture 1725–62; Catherine the Great and France; Emperor Paul and Kings Louis XVI and Louis XVIII; Relations under Alexander I; the Armory Chamber in the Paris exposition of 1867; the Russo-French alliance of the 1890s; the Louis XV drawing room in the Winter Palace.