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Susan Jaques
Susan Jaques is the author of the upcoming The Empress of Art: Catherine the Great and the Transformation of Russia (Pegasus Books, April, 2016) and A Love for the Beautiful: Discovering America's Hidden Art Museums (Globe Pequot Press, November, 2012). She lives in Los Angeles where she's a gallery docent at the J. Paul Getty Museum.

Entries by Susan Jaques

Catherine the Great: "Glutton" or Connoisseur?

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2015 | 4:14 PM

After wresting power from her husband, Catherine the Great ruled Russia for 34 years, styling herself as the heir to her westernizing grandfather-in-law Peter the Great. In parallel with military campaigns that added large parts of Poland and the Crimean Peninsula to Russia's Empire, the German-born Tsarina waged a cultural...

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New in St. Petersburg: Fashion, Fabergé and a Luxe Roman Spa

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 11:34 AM

In 1764, Russia's art-loving Catherine the Great founded the Hermitage Museum with the first of many paintings acquisitions. This year, to celebrate its 250th anniversary, the Hermitage has organized a visual feast: "At the Russian Imperial Court: Costumes of the 18th - early-20th Centuries" (through October 19, 2014). Splendid clothing...

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Castiglione: Lost Genius

(0) Comments | Posted November 8, 2013 | 1:43 PM

Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione (1609-64) is probably the most innovative and technically brilliant Italian artist you've never heard of. Though he practiced as a painter, it's his remarkable drawings and prints that won him a century of posthumous fame, after which he fell off the map. "Castliglione: Lost Genius" on view...

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Cameo Appearances

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2013 | 4:38 PM

As the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia nears its 250th anniversary in 2014, its celebrated founder takes center stage in a new exhibition at the Georgia Museum of Art. "Exuberance of Meaning: the Art Patronage of Catherine the Great" features imperial portraits, liturgical vessels, icons and porcelain that...

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Smooth Sailing at San Francisco's Legion of Honor

(0) Comments | Posted July 3, 2013 | 2:37 PM

In celebration of the summertime America's Cup race opening this week in San Francisco, the California Palace of the Legion of Honor presents "Impressionists on the Water" (through October 13, 2013). The show explores the Impressionists' fascination with sailing, a popular pastime and competitive sport in late 19th century France....

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A Donatello Restored

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2013 | 2:29 PM

About the Florentine sculptor Donatello, Renaissance art critic Giorgio Vasari raved " the multitude of his works he combined together invention, design, practice, judgment, and every other quality that ever can or should be looked for in a divine genius."

Donatello's role in the birth of the Florentine Renaissance...

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Theatre of the World: Vienna's New Chamber of Art

(0) Comments | Posted March 15, 2013 | 4:42 PM

During the late 16th century, Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II turned Prague into Europe's cultural capital, amassing the greatest art collection of his day. Cost was no object and he invited the best goldsmiths, stone carvers, and clock makers to his court. Rudolf kept the treasures inside Hradcany Castle in...

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Chagall in 3D

(1) Comments | Posted February 11, 2013 | 3:11 PM

In the 1950s Picasso said, "When Matisse dies, Chagall will be the only painter left who understands what color really is." Famous for his colorful paintings of floating figures and flying animals, Russian-born artist Marc Chagall also worked in other mediums. It's these lesser-known aspects of the artist's practice that...

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Primary Colors

(1) Comments | Posted January 22, 2013 | 1:43 PM

"You can turn the lights out. The paintings will carry their own fire," said American Abstract-Expressionist Clyfford Still about his super-sized, flame-streaked canvases. It's the artist's fiery palette that's the subject of a new show at Denver's Clyfford Still Museum: "Red/Yellow/Blue (and Black and White): Clyfford Still as Colorist" from...

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Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Strikes Oil(s)

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2012 | 8:23 PM

For centuries, Spain's monarchs avidly collected art, spending a king's ransom to decorate their palaces and chapels with family portraits and monumental religious and mythological canvases. Their royal collections launched the Prado Museum in 1819. In a holiday gift for art lovers, 100 favorites have traveled to Houston for Portrait...

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"Treasurer of the Art": Veronese in Florida

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 2012 | 1:33 PM

About Renaissance artist Paolo Veronese, 17th-century writer Marco Boschini raved: "He is the treasurer of the art and of the colors. This is not painting -- it is magic that casts a spell on people who see it produced."

Among those spellbound by Veronese's theatrical canvases were American art...

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