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Kremlin gold : 1,000 years of Russian gems and jewels
Bartsch, Joel A.
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New York : Distributed by H.N. Abrams, [2000]

Physical Description:
206 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 31 cm
General Note:
"Published in conjunction with the exhibition Kremlin gold: 1,000 years of Russian gems and jewels, held at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, Houston, from April 15, 2000 through September 4, 2000 and at the Field Museum, Chicago, from October 21, 2000 through March 30, 2001. The exhibition is jointly organized by the two museums in collaboration with the State Historical-Cultural Museum Preserve, Moscow-Kremlin."--P. 205.

"Drawn exclusively from the collections of the Moscow Kremlin Armory Palace."--P. 6.

"Joel A. Bartsch and the curators of The State Museums of the Moscow Kremlin."--P. 205.
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NK7403.G67 K74 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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The companion volume to a major exhibition, this volume contains 120 spectacular objects from the Moscow-Kremlin State Armoury Museum. The pieces range from 11th-century icons to contemporay masterworks, from the buried gold of the Riazan hoard to objects created in the Kremlin's own workshops.

Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

This exquisite and breathtaking exhibition catalog features a spectacular array of some of the Kremlin museum's most treasured items, as created by Russian master goldsmiths, Faberg, and contemporary artisans. The catalog opens with a brief article on the history of the Kremlin and the Armory Museums, a time line of Russian political history, and essays on Russian jewelry arts from the 12th through the 20th centuries. The main portion of the catalog is devoted to the dazzling visual array of gold artifacts and objects from the collection, which is currently on display in Houston and will soon travel to Chicago. The photography is clear and focused, highlighting the stunning details of these prized items. The work concludes with sections on mineralogy and the geography of Russia that discuss historic sources for Russian gems and jewels. This delightful catalog should grace the shelves of all libraries featuring decorative arts and jewelry. Enthusiastically recommended.DStephen Allan Patrick, East Tennessee State Univ. Libs., Johnson City (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Introduced by Bartsch (Houston Museum of Natural Science), this volume accompanies a traveling exhibition (venues are Houston Museum of Natural Science; Field Museum, Chicago; and Moscow Kremlin Museum) and documents the political, religious, historical, and cultural views of the Russian people throughout the last millennium. The 119 works, lavishly illustrated in color, represent both historical and contemporary pieces taken from the religious and secular realms, many of which have never been seen outside of Russia. Among the beautifully crafted objects are such unusual pieces as a gold sarcophagus cover made for the son of Ivan the Terrible; a gem-encrusted golden kolchan or quiver for Tsar Mikhail Romanov; and a gold, sapphire, emerald, and niello kadila or censor in the form of a church (originally from the Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius, 1616) created by master goldsmiths Osipov and Pestrikov. In addition to the introductory essays and the individual entries of objects exhibited, a historical, illustrated timeline provides a useful overview, thus facilitating understanding of the cultural/historical framework of each piece. Illustrated glossary of precious stones and noble metals; reading list; brief geography of Russia. General readers will find the material stimulating as will specialized students and scholars of Russian social history and jewelry. L. Doumato; National Gallery of Art