Exuberance of Meaning: The Art Patronage of Catherine the Great (1762–1796)

September 21, 2013 - January 05, 2014
Dorothy Alexander Roush, Martha Thompson Dinos and Eugene and Martha Odum Galleries

"Exuberance of Meaning" features many works of art and books, most of which Catherine the Great commissioned for her own use or for the courtiers who received them as gifts. Other objects in the exhibition serve as examples of historic precedents for the empress' choices or represent major currents in the history of Russian art of the 17th and 18th centuries. The exhibition presents a comparison of dazzling and masterful objects that exemplify both medieval Byzantine culture, of which Russia was the successor and guardian, and the Western, neoclassical style that was the hallmark of the Enlightenment. The exhibition and publications contribute to the current knowledge of patronage in 18th-century Russia and to an understanding of the role of Byzantine culture in Russia's history up to the era of neoclassicism.

Purchase the exhibition catalogue here.

Images courtesy of Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens


Asen Kirin, associate professor of art and associate director of the Lamar Dodd School of Art


A La Vieille Russie, Inc., Mr. and Mrs. Fritz Lyons Felchlin, the Frances Wood Wilson Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. James T. Mills Jr., the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, the W. Newton Morris Charitable Foundation and the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art