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  • Hardcover: 364 pages
  • Publisher: Abbeville Press (19 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789211548
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789211545
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 3.8 x 29.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 616,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"With precision and passion, the authors take measure of the irreparable damage done to Russia's heritage for pitifully inadequate financial returns. An avidly researched, magnificently illustrated, and thought-provoking history of a country's once glorious artistic splendor squandered."
--"Booklist"
"This lavishly illustrated tome highlights what Soviet culture lost, including historic Russian icons and masterpieces by Rembrandt and Van Gogh. It also points out the "cruel irony" of a revolution-ravaged USSR looking to the capitalist West for art purchasers. Among the buyers: American billionaire Andrew Mellon, who wound up donating his Russian-bought holdings to the National Art Gallery. A book for art lovers and history buffs alike."
--"The Seattle Times," gift guide selection
"The plates are wonderful, each listing the work, the artist, the date of sale and the purchaser. The accompanying text adds much more context.
Yes, you may be thinking, we know some of this -- but not all, not in such detail, not so comprehensively discussed and documented. It would make a wonderful gift to someone this Christmas season."
--Judith H. Dobrzynski, "Real Clear Arts" blog


With precision and passion, the authors take measure of the irreparable damage done to Russia s heritage for pitifully inadequate financial returns. An avidly researched, magnificently illustrated, and thought-provoking history of a country s once glorious artistic splendor squandered.
"Booklist"
"This lavishly illustrated tome highlights what Soviet culture lost, including historic Russian icons and masterpieces by Rembrandt and Van Gogh. It also points out the cruel irony of a revolution-ravaged USSR looking to the capitalist West for art purchasers. Among the buyers: American billionaire Andrew Mellon, who wound up donating his Russian-bought holdings to the National Art Gallery. A book for art lovers and history buffs alike."
"The Seattle Times," gift guide selection
"The plates are wonderful, each listing the work, the artist, the date of sale and the purchaser. The accompanying text adds much more context.
Yes, you may be thinking, we know some of this but not all, not in such detail, not so comprehensively discussed and documented. It would make a wonderful gift to someone this Christmas season."
Judith H. Dobrzynski, "Real Clear Arts" blog
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About the Author

Nicolas V. Iljine, a consultant to museums and cultural institutions, has organized a number of important exhibitions, including RUSSIA!, the landmark survey of Russian art that opened at New York's Guggenheim Museum in 2005. Natalya Semyonova, an art historian, is the author of several books on art collecting in Russia.

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This is an excellent book,the best I have read on this subject in many years.I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in Russian art,culture and history.The book arrived on time and in good condition.
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Excellent Book highly recommended
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HASH(0x8ae5cbdc) out of 5 stars Amazing story of a very sad event 4 April 2014
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Great book which everyone who is interested in art and politics should read. Very highly recommended for your library. Also take a look at TREASURES INTO TRACTORS!
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HASH(0x8ad86960) out of 5 stars Very good 3 Jan. 2014
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Very comprehensive, very well illustrated, very well readable. it's a pleasure. It is about art losses by Hermitage during Stalin's time.
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Great book about the Soviet plunder of Russia and its loss of art treasures from its collections.
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HASH(0x8c961450) out of 5 stars Beautiful book 15 May 2014
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It is the large format,beautifully colored coffee-table book I was expecting.I liked the book-I don't like being told how many words to use to express that feeling.
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