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The Arts Society Halifax

More Russian than the Russians: Catherine the Great

Tue 08 May, 1:00pm at Red Brick Auditorium

Tickets: £8 , approx running time: 90mins (no interval)

More Russian than the Russians: Catherine the Great.

Dr. Marie-Anne Mancio.   

Intent on modernising Russia, Catherine the Great built the Hermitage of which she wrote “[it] contains 38,000 books; there are four rooms filled with books and prints, 10,000 engraved gems (and another 34,000 casts and pastes), roughly 10,000 drawings and a natural history collection that fills two large galleries.” She also commissioned buildings, statuary, and gardens, founded academies and journals, and libraries, bought Diderot’s library, wrote librettos for operas and satirical plays. Learn how she won Russian hearts and succeeded in forging a new identity for herself.

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