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Gardens of the Tsars (Hardback)

A Study of the Aesthetics, Semantics & Uses of Late 18th Century Russian Gardens

Imprint: Aarhus University Press
Pages: 264
Illustrations: illus
ISBN: 9788772885575
Published: 19th August 1996
Casemate UK Academic

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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 élite. 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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