The Romanovs Collect: European Art from the Hermitage (exhibition)

The Romanovs Collect: European Art from the Hermitage was an art exhibition at the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA), on display from September 21 to November 23, 2003.[1][2][3] It was part of the festival "Celebrating St. Petersburg: 300 Years of Cultural Brilliance."[1][4][5]

Background edit

The traveling exhibition included 142 objects from the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia.[5] UMMA was the only North American venue to host it, and a team of curators from the Hermitage traveled to Ann Arbor for the duration of the show.[1][6][7][8] It was the first large-scale partnership between the Hermitage and a North American university museum, and negotiations took about three years to complete.[1] The exhibition was sponsored by the Ford Motor Company.[1] James Christen Steward (a professor of art history) was UMMA's director at the time.[1][8][9][10][11]

Description edit

The exhibition was organized chronologically by the Romanov tsars who collected the pieces, all the way from the founding of St. Petersburg in 1703 through the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917.[1][9][5] A large percentage of pieces were collected by Catherine the Great. It also included seven pieces collected by Nicholas II, the last Romanov tsar.[1]

Steward said of the exhibition, "The uneasy tension within the royal family grew out of a desire to be of their time and acknowledgment of democratic values amidst a fundamental distrust of the people. Nonetheless, this exhibit seeks to humanize a complex and tragic family history."[12]

Art and objects on display edit

The show included 142 objects, by approximately 80 different European (including French, English, Dutch, and German) artists and artisans.[9][1][12] It include paintings, sculptures, ceramics, porcelain, tapestry, and furniture.[12]

Each piece included was accompanied by a label explaining the lineage of the piece, including information about who acquired it and often some context about his or her reign.[13]

Notable pieces included:

Decorative art edit

Paintings edit

Sculptures edit

  • three 17th-century Roman sculptures[6][13]

References edit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "News | Museum of Art (UMMA) | U-M". Retrieved 2020-09-25.
  2. ^ Mather, Frank Jewett; Sherman, Frederic Fairchild (July 2003). Art in America. Brandt Art Publications.
  3. ^ The Michigan Alumnus. UM Libraries. 2002.
  4. ^ Michigan Ensian. Senior literary, law, and engineering classes.
  5. ^ a b c Kennedy, Michael D. (2014-12-10). Globalizing Knowledge: Intellectuals, Universities, and Publics in Transformation. Stanford University Press. ISBN 978-0-8047-9344-5.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Moonan, Wendy (2003-09-19). "ANTIQUES; Opulence Is Power, For a Romanov". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-09-25.
  7. ^ "Spirit of St. Petersburg". The Michigan Daily. 17 September 2003. Retrieved 2020-09-25.
  8. ^ a b c d Steward, James Christen, ed. (2003). The collections of the Romanovs : European art from the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg. Sergey Androsov. London: Merrell. ISBN 1858942217. Retrieved September 25, 2020.
  9. ^ a b c "UMMA scores exclusive exhibition of Romanov art". Retrieved 2020-09-25.
  10. ^ "Steward named director of Princeton University Art Museum - 2/2/2009 - Princeton Weekly Bulletin". Retrieved 2020-09-25.
  11. ^ "September 26, 2003 (vol. 114, iss. 19) - Image 3". Michigan Daily Digital Archives. Retrieved 2020-09-25.
  12. ^ a b c "September 26, 2003 (vol. 114, iss. 19) - Image 5". Michigan Daily Digital Archives. Retrieved 2020-09-25.
  13. ^ a b c d "Peter and Catherine were Great, but their taste in art was greater". Retrieved 2020-09-25.
  14. ^ "Entrée du port de Palerme au clair de lune", Wikipédia (in French), 2020-01-31, retrieved 2020-09-25