At least once in your life, you must have heard about one of the most powerful women in history. She is the Russian Emperor Catherine the Great (1729-1796). The exhibition about Catherine’s life has opened in the Klovićevi Dvori Gallery. Catherine the Great exhibition was created on the occasion of marking the 50th anniversary of St. Peterburg and Zagreb city friendships.
There are more than 1,000 exhibits at the exhibition, where you will find interesting things about Catherine’s life and arrival in Russia and on the throne. It will be able to find out about its great role in education and enlightenment, foreign policy and the wars it has led, and will primarily be able to feel the boom of passion for art.
Her name today is synonymous with power and strength. Catherine the Great above all wanted the Russians to know and love their country, their culture, their language. For that reason, during its rule, a series of reforms are being implemented – laws, administrative system, education, industry, and commerce have been edited, art and science were protected.
Elegance and refinement are the main features of European fashion in the age of rococo. At that time, the most widespread dam dress was Robe à la française. Catherine the Great was the first of Russian rulers who realized that introducing some elements of traditional clothing into ceremonial clothing could support her power. This becomes evident already during the coup d’etat, when Catherine, setting out against her own husband, did not wear the military uniform of Prussian type, but the old guard uniform, which ensured her passionate support from the guardsmen.
The Hermitage of her Imperial Majestry was named like that as an isolated place for parties and feasts of Catherine II. We can say that Hermitage is entirely her creation, because the foundations and the layout, the selection and diversity of objects in it, external and internal refinement, everything was made according to her tastes and orders.
JOHANN GOTTLIEB GEORGI, THE DESCRIPPTION OF THE RUSSSIAN IMPERIAL CAPITAL ST PETERSBURG AND THE SIGHTS AROUND IT, 1974
Last, if you are currently in Zagreb don’t miss this opportunity to visit Catherine the Great exhibition, an event that is probably the best that will be held in Croatia this year. More information about Catherine the Great exhibition find here. The exhibition will last until the end of July 2018.