Tsarskoye Selo. The Imperial Heritage
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The Scientific Department of the Museum together with the French publisher Emmanuel Ducamp, with financial support from Madame Paula Cussi, issued the album Tsarskoye Selo. The Imperial Heritage, which became a magnificent gift on the 300th anniversary of the world famous residence of Russian Emperors.
The ten chapters of the album describe the Tsarskoye Selo parks, palaces, pavilions, interiors, and the best items from the collections, with the illustrations made by the talented photographers Marc Walter and Gaspar Walter. Their lenses masterly captured the beauty and uniqueness of the monuments and objects which passed down from Russian emperors. The photographers, whom the Museum staff called as their French colleagues, chose the objects and perspectives by themselves, and that is why this album shows Tsarskoye Selo “through French eyes.”
The album attempts to take a new look at Tsarskoye Selo and see the parks and palaces at times when regular visitors usually cannot see them — at dawn or late sunset or on a cold winter’s day when their beauty feels especially sharp. The old pictures in the album allow us to feel as if in the presence of the crowned masters and mistresses of Tsarskoye Selo, and the new ones to appreciate their exquisite taste by looking at the artworks of precious stones, marble, bronze, porcelain, glass, carved and inlayed wood, amber, ivory, mother of pearl, which were part of the Russian monarch’s everyday life and filled it with warmth and joy.
Each chapter is opened with an introductory article by the scientific employees and curators of the Museum. The illustrations are provided with comprehensive captions and annotations.
Intended for everybody who loves Tsarskoye Selo and its history and monuments, this book pays homage to the talents of the architects and artists who created the unique beauty of the palace-and-park ensemble, and the masters who realized all their designs.