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Stroganoff: Palace and Collections of: The Palace and Collections of a Russian Noble Family Hardcover – 1 Mar 2000
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Then it turns to a discussion of the collections of the Stroganovs in the 18th and 19th centuries, and it is very impressive. From classical statues and ceramics to Chinese art and Old Masters, the Stroganovs were there.
My favorite section was on the Stroganovs as patrons. Here we get into the ways in which the family supported the arts, including their key role in creating Kazan Cathedral in St. Petersburg and the close (familial, really) relationship with Andrei Voronikhin. The photographs of the condition of the Stroganov Palace at the end of the Soviet period, when a military organization had vacated it in the most terrible condition are just heartbreaking, especially after seeing it in its era of triumph. However, due to the work of Helene de Ludinghausen, who is a descendent of the family and important for putting this book together, the palace was restored.
My only caveat is that the citations at the back have translated Russian archive names, so that we get nonsensical citations like "Historical Archive," which could refer to any number of archives. I'd like to make a plea for all books to just transliterate Russian archive names. That way it is clear. Anyway, if someone can't read Russian, they're not going to be able to go to the archives anyway.
This is a fascinating look at the arts of Russia from the early modern period to 1917 as seen through one amazing family. Highly recommended.