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Photo Credit: Cody Firearms Museum
The Cody Firearms Museum in Cody, Wyoming unveiled its display of 64 unique pieces this week, on loan from the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.
The unusual firearms include a .50-caliber hunting rifle by a Russian gun maker named Permajakov dating from the 1700s for Empress Catherine the Great. The rifle is inlaid with her name and Russian symbols and also incorporating a green velvet cheek piece on the rifle’s stock ensuring her comfort while shooting. Additionally, a gold inlaid image of Catherine herself is on the barrel near the breech.
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 16 May, 2013
Portrait of Catherine II on her horse Brilliant, by Vigilius Eriksen, after 1762.
© The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg.
Catherine the Great: An Enlightened Empress will highlight the truly spectacular collections of one of Russia's most successful rulers. Co-developed by the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg and National Museums, Scotland, this major exhibition will only be shown in Scotland.
Catherine the Great (1729-96) was one of the greatest art collectors of all time. Her collecting reflected both the personal and political ambitions of a woman who put Russia on the cultural map of Europe. She accumulated, mainly through purchases and commissions abroad, more than 4,000 paintings, 10,000 drawings and 32,000 engraved gems, as well as medals, jewels and antique sculptures.
Explore Catherine’s reign through her collections, which vividly reflect her own interests and achievements and provide a fascinating glimpse of the dazzling wealth and magnificence of the Imperial Russian court.
Come and experience more than 300 magnificent works collected and commissioned by the Empress from some of the most illustrious European and Russian artists of the 18th century.
See outstanding portraits, spectacular costumes and uniforms, snuffboxes inlaid with precious gems, gold and silver, Ancient Greek and Roman carved cameos depicting figures from biblical stories, mythology and history and many of the finest examples of porcelain, glass, metal and polished stone items ever made in Russia.
Catherine the Great: An Enlightened Empress
Open: 13 July - 21 October 2012
Venue: Exhibition Gallery 1, Level 3, National Museum of Scotland
© National Museum of Scotland. 25 March, 2012
The Monument of Catherine II situated on Ostrovsky Square (formerly Alexandra Square up until 1923) received its annual cleaning this week. The cleaning includes a special soap solution and then washed off with water.
The monument was erected in 1873 from the designs of M.O. Mikeshin and A.M. Opekushin. A base of reddish granite supports a bell-shaped pedestal bearing the figure of the Empress, 13 feet in height, clad in an ermine mantle, and holding the imperial sceptre in her right hand and a wreath in her left. Round the pedestal are nine colossal bronze figures of celebrated favourites of the Empress, including Grigorii Potemkin and Princess E.R. Dashova.
© Royal Russia. 9 July, 2011
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