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Ruler, Writer, Collector, Queen
The current main exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland is about the ruler, writer, collector, and queen: the Empress of Russia, Catherine the Great.
My children really liked this picture of Catherine on her favourite horse, Brilliant. Image copyright The State Hermitage Museum
The exhibition is being presented in partnership with the State Hermitage Musuem in St. Petersburg, and is a unique exhibition that displays one of the greatest collections of Russian treasure ever to be seen in the UK.
There are over 600 works in the exhibition, and they explore her life and reign, from her time as Empress-in-waiting and the controversial death of her husband, to her relationship with Potemkin, to the artistic and cultural legacy she left behind for her children and grandchildren.
As the exhibition is in Scotland, there's a focus on the Scots in her court, and this added an interesting dimension to the exhibition as it explored aspects of cross-cultural involvement with Russia that I didn't immediately associate with Scotland in the 18th century.
I loved the exhibition, as I was quite transported by the sumptuous beauty of the magnificent pieces from Catherine's Imperial Court. So much so that I've added St. Petersburg and the State Hermitage Museum to my Must See list.