Gifts to the Tzars 1500-1700: Treasures from the Kremlin

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From 1547, when Ivan the Terrible declared himself tsar of Russia, to 1712, when Peter the Great moved the capital to St. Petersburg, one of the highlights of Moscow court life was the formal presentation of diplomatic gifts to the tsar. These fabulous offerings have been preserved intact in the Moscow Kremlin Armory, in a collection that cannot be matched by any other royal treasury in the world.

Now many of these objects are published in this gloriously illustrated volume-the first in English on the subject-that accompanies a major exhibition at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Ranging from arms and armor and exquisite textiles to spectacular works in gold and silver, gifts received by the tsars are masterpieces of the decorative arts-and afford a fascinating glimpse of international relations during a period when Russia emerged as a world power.

310 illustrations, 260 in full color, 336 pages, 9 x 11-7/8"

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From 1547, when Ivan the Terrible declared himself Tsar of Russia, to 1712, when Peter the Great moved the capital to St Petersburg, one of the highlights of Moscow court life was the formal presentation of diplomatic gifts to the tsar. These offerings have been preserved intact in the Moscow Kremlin Armoury. Ranging from arms and armour and textiles to works in gold and silver, and created by craftsmen from Germany, Holland, England, Austria, Poland, Persia and Turkey, the objects are the main focus of the book, rather than the donors or recipients. However, the essays in this book provide a history of the 16th and 17th centuries in tsarist Russia, of Russia's international relationships during that time, and of the most important individuals of the time - the Kings of England, Poland, Sweden, the patriarchs of the church, and Ottoman sultans.

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Exhibition Schedule: Indianapolis Museum of Art, Sept. 23, 2001-Jan. 13, 2002

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