Geraldine Norman

Dynastic Rule

Published to coincide with the centenary of the Russian Revolution in 1917, Dynastic Rule celebrates one of the great success stories of a stormy period of Russian history. This book tells the story of two directors of the State Hermitage Museum, who (for over five decades between them) have presided over what has become one of the greatest museums of the world. Saved from the Bolshevik revolution in 1917, the Hermitage was run from 1964 until his death in 1990 by Boris Borisovich Piotrovsky. His son, Mikhail Borisovich Piotrovsky, took over the reins in 1992; his tenure has recently been extended until at least 2020.
460 printed pages
Original publication



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    Kubachi, a village of jewellers who loved to collect old craftsmanship and display it in their homes. The style of their work was based on these examples and effectively had not changed since the Middle Ages. In the 1920s and 1930s Kubachi was discovered by antiquarians and the Hermitage collection was greatly enriched by their purchases.
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    1942–43. Virtually the entire Jewish population of the town – some 28,000 individuals – was wiped out,
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    Museum of Applied Arts, Tashkent, Uzbekistan
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