Topic: A Russian Moment
The exhibition "The Romanovs. Portrait of a Dynasty" at the State Historical Museum in Moscow celebrates the 400th anniversary of the reign of the Romanov dynasty in Russia.
According to curator Evgeny Lukyanov, the exhibition’s main goal is to show that, in addition to popular monarchs such as Peter the Great, Catherine the Great, and Nicholas II, there were other interesting personalities in the royal family, too.
The exhibition includes both historical content and art. Arranged in chronological order, it tells the story of the portrait genre in Russia, from the early parsuna (secular portraits) of the 1670-80s—represented by a portrait of tsars Mikhail Fedorovich and Aleksei Mikhailovich—up to pre-revolutionary photographs. There are some famous names among the artists exhibited. There is Ilya Repin’s formal portrait of Nicholas II and a marble bust of Alexandra Feodorovna made by Mark Antokolsky. There is also an etching by Ivan Kramskoi with the image of Crown Prince Alexander Alexandrovich, the future Alexander III, which the artist created after his own portrait. Kramskoi called his prints "banknotes" since engravings of monarchs were always printed in large quantities, enjoyed great popularity, and brought artists a handsome income.
© Rossiyskaya Gazeta. 07 September, 2013
I am pleased to announce that the NEW issue of our official magazine, ROYAL RUSSIA No. 4 is now AVAILABLE! --PG.
Included in our Summer 2013 issue are the following full-length articles:
The Coronation of Emperor Alexander III
- An eye-witness account of the ceremonies marking the coronation of Emperor Alexander III at Moscow on 27th May [O.S. 15th], 1883. Richly illustrated with reproductions from the coronation album.
My Russia: The Children's Island at Tsarskoye Selo
- Located in the Alexander Park, the Children's Island and Pavilion is often overlooked by visitors to Tsarskoye Selo. This article explores the history and future of this unique folly built for the children of Emperor Nicholas I. Includes photographs by the author, Paul Gilbert.
The Museum of Imperial Court Carriages
- A history of the Museum of Imperial Court Carriages in St. Petersburg, and what happened to the collection after the museum was closed by the Bolsheviks in 1920. Includes photographs by the author, Paul Gilbert.
plus, these articles by Russian and foreign historians:
Plus 2 collections of rare and vintage photographs:
For more information on the contents of this issue, or to order your copy, please click on the following link;
© Gilbert's Books. 05 September, 2013
Prior to publication, a synopsis of Alexander III: His Life and Reign by Margarita Nelipa is now available on the Royal Russia web site.
This highly anticipated new book will be the first English biography on Alexander III to be published in nearly 120 years.
The author explores Alexander's life as Grand Duke and Tsesarevich, as well as his years as Emperor. Her book includes 15 chapters, numerous appendixes, an extensive bibliography and is richly illustrated throughout with more than 200 photographs and illustrations.
Painstaking research by the author focused on materials in the Russian language; some 350 references in all. These include letters, diaries, memoirs, Russian newspapers of the day and in some cases very rare publications. Her research will offer readers a whole new look at one of Russia's most obscure rulers.
Margarita Nelipa is the author of The Murder of Grigorii Rasputin: A Conspiracy That Brought Down the Russian Empire, published in 2010 by Gilbert's Books.
Alexander III: His Life and Reign is scheduled for publication in early May 2014. Further updates on the progress, production and availability of this book will be posted on this blog in the coming weeks and months ahead.
© Paul Gilbert - Publisher. 1 September, 2013