Cities, Landscape & Environment

Saint Petersburg

Palaces of the Czars


  • Book Series
  • An Obsession for Beauty
  •  
  • Text by
  • Laura Cerwinske
  •  
  • Photography by
  • Carlos Domenech
  •  

Saint Petersburg

Palaces of the Czars

Cities, Landscape & Environment

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  • contributors

  • Book Series An Obsession for Beauty
  • Text by Laura Cerwinske
  • Photography by Carlos Domenech
  • specifications

  • Edition: English Language
  • Size: 8.75 x 12 in / 222 x 300 mm
  • Format: Portrait
  • Pages: 320
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Photographs: 280
  • Weight: 2.1 kgs
  • Rights: World Rights Available
  • Price: USD $65 / €59 / ₤42
  • description

  • St. Petersburg's Palaces of the Czars showcases the extravagance that the Imperial Russians lavished on their architecture, interiors, furniture, objets d'art, and fine art. As a result, the Peterhof, the Catherine Palace, Pavlovsk, and Gatchina Palace exhibit a magnificence more luxuriously conceived and intricately crafted than any in history, perhaps with the exception of that of the Egyptian Pharoahs. For nearly three centuries, esteemed architects and artisans from throughout Europe were brought to Russia to work with greater creative freedom than they could ever enjoy in their native countries. That freedom was characterized by artistic and design approaches completely lacking in restrictions on cost or the imagination. In these pages we see how the Imperial Russians rapaciously borrowed ideas from the courts of Europe to create unique expressions of the baroque, rococo, and classical styles. St. Petersburg's Palaces of the Czars treats us to a look at the precious stones, ornate carvings, embellished surfaces, exuberant gilding, and gardens cultivated as visions of a worldly paradise that became the imperial style's decorative signature.
  • biographies

  • Carlos Domenech is an architectural and fine art photographer whose body of work extends from international book and magazine publications to exhibitions in museums and galleries, and his work has been acquired by numerous private and museum collections. His architectural photography has been commissioned by clients throughout the U.S. and South America, including museums publishing catalogs for international exhibitions. His fine art photography has been installed in numerous commercial and private venues. Mr. Domenech lives in Miami and travels on assignments throughout Europe, Asia, and South America.

    Laura Cerwinske, writer and artist, has been pursuing the beauty of art history for more than forty years. She has published more than 20 books on architecture, interior design, garden design, and the decorative arts. Her publishers include Rizzoli International, Thames and Hudson, Bantam, Dell, Doubleday, Random House, Simon and Schuster, and others. Her first book, Tropical Deco: the Architecture and Design of Old Miami Beach, was instrumental in helping the Miami Beach Art Deco District achieve Landmark designation on the National Register of Historic Places. Ms Cerwinske lectures widely on architecture, interior design and the decorative arts. Her art work, particularly sculpture and paintings, is rich with references to these worlds. She is obsessed with beauty.

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St. Petersburg's Palaces of the Czars showcases the extravagance that the Imperial Russians lavished on their architecture, interiors, furniture, objets d'art, and fine art. As a result, the Peterhof, the Catherine Palace, Pavlovsk, and Gatchina Palace exhibit a magnificence more luxuriously conceived and intricately crafted than any in history, perhaps with the exception of that of the Egyptian Pharoahs. For nearly three centuries, esteemed architects and artisans from throughout Europe were brought to Russia to work with greater creative freedom than they could ever enjoy in their native countries. That freedom was characterized by artistic and design approaches completely lacking in restrictions on cost or the imagination. In these pages we see how the Imperial Russians rapaciously borrowed ideas from the courts of Europe to create unique expressions of the baroque, rococo, and classical styles. St. Petersburg's Palaces of the Czars treats us to a look at the precious stones, ornate carvings, embellished surfaces, exuberant gilding, and gardens cultivated as visions of a worldly paradise that became the imperial style's decorative signature.

  • Book Series An Obsession for Beauty
  • Text by Laura Cerwinske
  • Photography by Carlos Domenech

Contributors Biographies

Carlos Domenech is an architectural and fine art photographer whose body of work extends from international book and magazine publications to exhibitions in museums and galleries, and his work has been acquired by numerous private and museum collections. His architectural photography has been commissioned by clients throughout the U.S. and South America, including museums publishing catalogs for international exhibitions. His fine art photography has been installed in numerous commercial and private venues. Mr. Domenech lives in Miami and travels on assignments throughout Europe, Asia, and South America.

Laura Cerwinske, writer and artist, has been pursuing the beauty of art history for more than forty years. She has published more than 20 books on architecture, interior design, garden design, and the decorative arts. Her publishers include Rizzoli International, Thames and Hudson, Bantam, Dell, Doubleday, Random House, Simon and Schuster, and others. Her first book, Tropical Deco: the Architecture and Design of Old Miami Beach, was instrumental in helping the Miami Beach Art Deco District achieve Landmark designation on the National Register of Historic Places. Ms Cerwinske lectures widely on architecture, interior design and the decorative arts. Her art work, particularly sculpture and paintings, is rich with references to these worlds. She is obsessed with beauty.

  • Edition:English Language
  • Size:8.75 x 12 in / 222 x 300 mm
  • Format:Portrait
  • Pages:320
  • Binding:Hardcover
  • Photographs:280
  • Weight:2.1 kgs
  • Rights:World Rights Available
  • Price:USD $65 / €59 / ₤42