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

By: Margrethe Floryan

263 pages, Col/b/w photos, col/b/w illus

Aarhus University Press

Hardback | Dec 1996 | #76674 | ISBN: 8772885572
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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 elite. 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.


Section headings: INTRODUCTION: Rediscovering the Gardens of the Past; Patrons and Programs; Styles and Semantics; Uses and Users; FINAL REMARKS: Russia's Historical Gardens Today.

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