Anne Boleyn

May Book News

The Empress of Art: Catherine the Great and the Transformation of Russia Hardcover – April 4, 2016 (US) & May 13, 2016 (UK) Ruthless and passionate, Catherine the Great is singularly responsible for amassing one of the most awe-inspiring collections of art in the world and turning St. Petersburg in to a world wonder.  The [read more]

Book Reviews

April Book News

The Empress of Art: Catherine the Great and the Transformation of Russia Hardcover –  April 4, 2016 (US) & May 13, 2016 (UK) Ruthless and passionate, Catherine the Great is singularly responsible for amassing one of the most awe-inspiring collections of art in the world and turning St. Petersburg in to a world wonder.  The Empress [read more]

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Augusta Frederica of Great Britain

Under the protection of Catherine the Great – Augusta of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel

Augusta of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel was born 3 December 1764 to Charles William Ferdinand, Duke of Brunswick and Princess Augusta of Great Britain. Her younger sister Caroline married George IV of the United Kingdom. To her family, Augusta was known as Zelmira. On 15 October 1780, she married Prince Frederick of Württemberg. He was heir presumptive to [read more]

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Catherine the Great

Russian Ark Movie Review

Last week I saw an announcement from my local art house movie theatre, advertising the movie “Russian Ark” by Alexander Sokurov. Supposedly about 300 years of history of the Hermitage shot in a single one and half hour take. Sounds pretty amazing, right? I’m not quite sure what I expected but not this. The narrator [read more]