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Monday, 27 June 2016
Exhibition: Empress Maria Fedorovna. Love Story
Topic: Exhibitions

This article has been written by Paul Gilbert, Founder of Royal Russia © 2016

On 3 June, a unique exhibition dedicated to the Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna opened at the Museum of Fine Arts of Karelia, located in the historic center of Petrozavodsk, Russia.

Maria Feodorovna (born Princess Dagmar of Denmark), was the wife of Emperor Alexander III, and mother of the last Russian Emperor Nicholas II.

The life of this great woman was fanned by love. She loved her adopted country Russia in which lived more than half a century, including thirteen years as empress. She loved art, studied painting and was a gifted artist. She was a loving and devoted wife, and a gentle, caring mother and grandmother.

Maria Feodorovna was one of the most prominent women in the Romanov dynasty, patriot of Russia, champion of orthodoxy, protector of the weak and disadvantaged. Thanks to her tireless charity work she acquired the sincere love and respect of the Russian people.

Art has always played a large role at the Imperial Court of Russia. As in European and British royal houses, the appreciation and study of art was a part of the education for members of the Russian Imperial family as well.

Both Maria Feodorovna and her husband received painting lessons from Russian artist Alexei Petrovich Bogolyubov (1824-1896), who later became a good friend to the August family. Bogolyubov was a brilliant master of battle scenes, and gorgeous seascapes, an artist who made a great contribution to the development of Russian plein air painting.

The exhibition features two paintings by Maria Feodorovna, as well as paintings by prominent Russian artists of the 19th century: Ivan Aivazovsky, KY Kryzhitsky, AA Pisemsky, AI Meshchersky, GF Yartsev among others. The exhibition is further complemented by a magnificent collection of porcelain items from the Anichkov Palace in St. Petersburg.

Exhibition: Empress Maria Fedorovna. Love Story runs from 3 June - 18 September, 2016 at the Museum of Fine Arts of Karelia, in Petrozavodsk, Russia

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 23 June, 2016


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Updated: Monday, 27 June 2016 11:15 AM EDT
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Sunday, 26 June 2016
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Saturday, 25 June 2016
Important Changes to the Royal Russia Bookshop
Topic: Books

 © Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 25 June, 2016


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Updated: Saturday, 25 June 2016 1:13 PM EDT
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Friday, 24 June 2016
Great Summer Reading - Forthcoming Titles from Royal Russia
Topic: Books

I am pleased to announce the following new titles, to be published over the summer months by Gilbert's Books (the publishing division of Royal Russia).

Please note that the titles listed here have NOT yet been published. An announcement will be made as soon as they are available from the Royal Russia Bookshop.

Royal Russia No. 10 - Summer 2016
Available July / August 2016 

Our 10th issue will feature 8 full-length articles, news and richly illustrated with vintage photographs.

The cover story Elizabeth & Sergei: A History of Love. A History of Lies by Russian historian Valery Mikhailova explores the relationship between Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich and Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna. 

The author's research is based on new documents from the Russian archives, including diaries and letters, which put to rest many of the misconceptions and untruths which have endured over the years about the grand ducal couple.

 Of Bygone Days
by Rear Admiral Semyon S. Fabritsky
Available August 2016

Semyon Semyonovich Fabritsky (1874-1941) had a fascinating career during the twilight years of Imperial Russia. 

He served as Flugel-Adjutant to Emperor Nicholas II, a position he served with immense pride and devotion to his sovereign. 

He also served aboard the Imperial yachts 'Polar Star' and 'Alexandria'. His eye witness observations provide the reader with a peek into these "floating palaces".

In these memoirs, Fabritsky offers his own candid personal observations of Nicholas II, noting the treachery, cowardice, and deceit which surrounded him during his 22-year reign.

200 pages, illustrated. First English translation by William Lee.

Romanov Legacy 2017 Calendar
Available July 2016

This is the 4th and final calendar in the series dedicated to the palaces and residences of the Russian Imperial family. 

Our 2017 calendar offers another dozen Imperial residences, including Oreanda (Crimea), Ilyinskoye (near Moscow) and the Palace of Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna (St. Petersburg).

NOTE: These titles are not yet available. Please check this blog or the Royal Russia Bookshop for updates on availability.
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 24 June, 2016


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Updated: Saturday, 25 June 2016 8:08 AM EDT
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Thursday, 23 June 2016
Ekaterinburg Street Renamed in Memory of Nicholas II and Family
Topic: Ekaterinburg

Ulitsa Tolmacheva has been renamed Ulitsa Tsarskaya, in honour of Emperor Nicholas II and his family
This article was written by Paul Gilbert, Founder of Royal Russia © 2016

On 30 May, 2016 the head of the Ekaterinburg city administration Alexander Yakov signed a decree to rename a portion of Ulitsa Tolmacheva (Tolmacheva Street) to Ulitsa Tsarskaya (Tsar’s Street). From 1830, it was known as Ulitsa Kolobovsky, until 1919, when it was named after the Bolshevik Nikolay Gurevich Tolmachev (1895-1919).

The section of Ulitsa Tsarskaya extends from Ulitsa Pervomayskaya to Ultisa Nikolaya Nikonova, and includes six non-residential buildings which include the Church on Blood in Honour of All Saints Resplendent in the Russian Land and Patriarch’s Compound.

The proposal to rename the street was first made public in the autumn of 2015 at a meeting of the city’s special commission. A number of names were proposed, including: Romanov, Ipatievskaya, Tsarskaya and Nikolaevskaya.

The meeting was also attended by Metropolitan Kirill of Yekaterinburg and Verkhoturye who voiced the opinions and wishes of the diocese regarding the issue. In the end, the commission voted unanimously on Ulitsa Tsarskaya as the new name. 

The renaming of this section of the street will be a tribute to the last Russian Emperor Nicholas II and his family, who were all murdered in the early morning hours of 17th July 1918, in the Ipatiev House. The Church on Blood in Honour of All Saints Resplendent in the Russian Land now stands on the site of the former engineers’ house which was demolished in 1977.

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 23 June, 2016


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Updated: Thursday, 23 June 2016 1:52 PM EDT
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Wednesday, 22 June 2016
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Tuesday, 21 June 2016
New Website Captures 150 Years of Russian History in 80,000 Photos
Topic: Russian History

An interactive visual history of post-1860 Russia goes online, and includes
thousands of images of Imperial Russia, including photos of the Russian Imperial family.

The Moscow Multimedia Art Museum announced the launch of a new portal, History of Russia in Photographs, which exhibits about 80,000 photos dating from 1860 to 2000. The collection will be expanded daily.

The museum's director, Olga Sviblovo, said the portal's goal is to unite all museum and private photo collections in order to create a "visual Wikipedia on Russian history in photos."

The site is a sort of photography bank, very easy and convenient to use. To visually study a section of time one does not need to know Russian. It is enough just to move two cursors on "the plate of time" onto the period of interest and all the photos corresponding to the request will appear on the main page.

"We're now developing the site's English version and perfecting the auto translator because searching on the site is done through tags," explained Sviblova. "There are already more than 10,000 of them. For example, type in the tag 'boutonnière' and you can see a photo of poet Alexander Blok wearing one on his jacket."

"We began thinking of such a portal in 1999 because we understood how important it would be to create a photographic history for future generations," continued Sviblovo. "You cannot build the future without knowing your past."

The project cooperates with all of Moscow's museums and the state archive, as well as with regional museums and the heirs of famous Russian photographers.

In addition, visitors to the site can post their own photos, enhance the images and act as curators by creating their own exhibitions with accompanying texts and comments.
Click on the link below to visit the web site and review thousands of photographs:

History of Russia in Photographs

© RBTH / Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 21 June, 2016


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Updated: Tuesday, 21 June 2016 5:41 AM EDT
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Monday, 20 June 2016
Exhibition: Catherine, the Greatest Self-polished Diamond of the Hermitage
Topic: Exhibitions

Two hundred and fifty years after Catherine the Great founded the Hermitage, the Hermitage Amsterdam presents her life story in a sumptuous exhibition on Europe's longest-reigning empress. Her name has always been surrounded with stories and superlatives, often about her private life and court intrigues. Some of these stories belong to the realm of myth, but others are perfectly true.

At the age of fourteen, Catherine (1729–1796) was a German princess married off to the Russian tsar. She later overthrew her husband, Peter III, and claimed the throne for herself. Catherine would become the greatest tsarina of all times. She had ambitious plans to reform the whole empire and acted with great foresight. Although she encountered setbacks, her achievements were astounding.

Catherine had a tremendous passion for art and contributed more than anyone else to the world’s greatest art collection. She was an enlightened despot, corresponding with Voltaire and Diderot. She added a new territory to her empire as large as France, and including the Crimea. And in all her endeavours, she had a sharp eye for talented people who could help her, such as the Orlov brothers and her most influential lover, Potemkin. She was a diamond of her own making.

After her death, Catherine was central to hundreds of books, films, and plays, and she inspired great actresses like Marlene Dietrich, Bette Davis, Hildegard Knef, Catherine Deneuve, and Julia Ormond.

Aided by her memoirs and those of her contemporaries, we present more than 300 objects from the Hermitage in St Petersburg, which invite visitors into Catherine’s world. The exhibition unravels her life story and sketches her personality. It is also an exhibition like a jewellery box, with magnificent personal possessions such as dresses, bijoux, cameos, and snuff boxes, as well the finest art works from her vast collection: paintings, sculptures, exquisite crafts, and portraits of her friends and loved ones.

The exhibition: Catherine, the Greatest Self-polished Diamond of the Hermitage runs from 18 June 2016 to 15 January 2017 at the Hermitage Amsterdam

 All Photos © State Hermitage Museum

© Hermitage Amsterdam. 20 June, 2016


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Updated: Monday, 20 June 2016 9:23 AM EDT
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Tuesday, 14 June 2016
Experts Speak on the Romanov Searches and DNA
Topic: Holy Royal Martyrs

SEARCH President Captain Peter Sarandinaki 
On 14 February, 2016.  Captain Peter Sarandinaki and Dr. Michael D. Coble (USA DNA Laboratory) presented their findings on the search for the Romanov remains and the identification of the remains of the children of the last Emperor, Nicholas II the Tsesarevich and Grand Duke Alexis Nikolaevich, and his sister the Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna.

The presentation in English, took place at the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of St. John the Baptist (ROCOR) in Washington, DC.
Click here to watch the video Search and Identification of the Missing Romanov Children (duration: 2 hours), and listen to what these specialists have to say in the matter of the remains of the murdered Imperial family.

S.E.A.R.C.H. Scientific Expedition to Account for the Romanov Children is a US non-profit organisation dedicated to the restoration of truth in Russia’s history.

Since 1991 SEARCH has worked with universities and organizations in the United States and Russia to initiate archeological expeditions in 1998, 1999, and 2004 to Ekaterinburg, Russia. The purpose of these expeditions was to search for the missing remains of Tsesarevich and Grand Duke Alexis Nikolaevich, and his sister the Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna, children of Emperor Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra Feodorovna.

In 2007/2008 SEARCH Foundation’s president Captain Peter Sarandinaki, initiated and coordinated the DNA validation process for newly-discovered remains.

A team made up of the US Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory (AFDIL), the University of Innsbruck Institute of Legal Medicine (ILM) Laboratory, the Ekaterinburg Bureau of Forensic Medicine and Moscow’s Bavilovsky Institute came onboard to conduct DNA studies on the remains of the Romanov family.

Dr. Michael D. Coble, Chief of the AFDIL Research Section, was the lead scientist of the American team.

From 2009-2015, Captain Peter Sarandinaki has led four forensic expeditions to Perm, Russia to search for the remains of Russian Grand Duke Mikhail Alexandrovich and his secretary, Brian Johnson. His team is made up of American, British and Russian forensic experts. 

In February 2016, the First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion (Kapral), named Capt. Peter Sarandinaki as their Official Representative with the following statement:

"We hereby certify that Peter A. Sarandinaki (Citizen of the U.S.A.) is named the Official Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia on the search and study of the remains of the royal family.”

© SEARCH Foundation. 14 June, 2016


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Monday, 13 June 2016
Hermitage Amsterdam to Host New Romanov Exhibitions
Topic: Exhibitions

One of the most popular Amsterdam museums, the Hermitage Museum is part of the world-famous Russian museum in St. Petersburg. Starting this month, the Amsterdam branch will host the first of two exhibitions dedicated to the Romanov dynasty. Each exhibit will offer visitors a huge collection of art and cultural items from the vast collection of the State Hermitage Museum in Russia. 

Catherine the Great
18 June 2016– 15 January 2017

More than twenty years after the De Nieuwe Kerk’s exhibition devoted to Catherine the Great, the Hermitage Amsterdam presents a comprehensive and compelling exhibition on her life and art collections.

1917: From Romanov to Revolution

11 February – 17 September

The year 1917 was a turning point in Russian history. Film footage, photographs, paintings and applied art sketch the life of the last Tsar and Tsaritsa Nicholas II and Alexandra, and political and social life during and after their reign. The exhibition explores what happened to the art collections of the Tsars after the Winter Palace was captured and how artists responded to the political upheavals of 1917 and beyond.

© Hermitage Amsterdam. 13 June, 2016


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