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SELLING RUSSIA'S TREASURES: THE SOVIET TRADE IN NATIONALIZED ART, 1917-1938. Revised and expanded translation of Prodannye sokrovishcha Rossii (Trilistnik, Moscow, 2000). Ed. by Natalya Semyonova and Nicolas V. Iljine. M.T. Abraham Center for the Visual Arts Foundation, Paris, 2013. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Abbeville Press, Inc., New York. 362 pp. with 357 ills. (108 col.). 31 x 24 cm. ISBN 9780789211545 In English.
Publisher's description: Selling Russia's Treasures documents one of the great cultural dramas of the twentieth century: the sale, by a cash-hungry Soviet government, of the artistic treasures accumulated by the Russian aristocracy over the centuries and nationalized after the October 1917 revolution. An astonishing variety of objects, from icons and illuminated manuscripts to Faberge eggs and Old Master paintings, entered the collections of wealthy Westerners like Andrew Mellon and Armand Hammer in the 1920s and 30s. Written by the leading experts in the field and long regarded as the definitive book on the subject, the original Russian edition of Selling Russia's Treasures is sought after scholars and laymen alike. Now, for the first time, it is made available in English, in a revised and expanded edition that includes a new chapter on the secret files of the Hermitage, previously considered lost, as well as new research on the sale of religious art, and of twentieth-century French masterworks from the Museum of New Western Art. Numerous color plates reunite long-dispersed works in a virtual museum that illustrates the powerful blow inflicted on Russia's cultural heritage by these secretive sales, and rare photographs and archival documents help bring this buried history to light.
Indexing: Western, Europe — Several Periods — Several Media
Plans: 70
Worldwide Number: 155661
Hardcover $75.00t (libraries receive a 20% discount on this title)    

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