Gardens of the Tsars: A Study of the Aesthetics, Semantics, and Uses of the Late 18th Century Russian Gardens

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Aarhus University Press, Jan 1, 1996 - Gardening - 263 pages
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The reign of Catherine the Great (1762-1796) marks a high point in the history of Imperial Russia. Contacts with the West, begun in the days of Peter the Great (1682-1725), were intensified, and Western European art and culture pervaded the lifestyle of the Imperial court, the landed aristocracy and urban Úlite. One field where Western influence was strongly felt was gardening aesthetics. The regal symmetry of French absolutism was imitated in the gardens of the great Imperial palaces. The British garden tradition, too, found new forms of expression, abandoning the romantic lushness of the English landscape garden for a more austere use of colours better suited to the brief summers and severe winters of central Russia.

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Contents

PATRONS AND PROGRAMS
13
STYLES AND SEMANTICS
71
USES AND USERS
136
Copyright

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About the author (1996)

Margrethe Floryan studied at the University of Aarhus, the Ecole du Louvre and the Smithsoniam Institution and holds a Ph.D. degree in art history from the University of Aarhus. She lived for several years in Moscow, doing research for "Gardens of the Tsars". Before taking up her present position as curator at the Thorvaldsen Museum in Copenhagen, she worked for the Danish Royal Museum of Fine Arts.

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