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Treasures of the Russian Czars -- Moscow to St. Petersburg

Feel free to hit the SLIDESHOW control (top right) and explore the great scenery, architecture, jewelry, bibles, and art treasures of the Russian Czars. I have added many identifying captions and historical references. This trip is sponsored every summer by the Commonwealth Club of California, a leader in educational travel. For information and reservations see: (www.commonwealthclub.org)

The gallery describes a 2005 journey, first through Moscow, and then along the Volga River to various ports of call, and finally to St. Petersburg, the former capital of Russia between 1720 and 1917. But this is really a journey through a thousand years of Russian history, and a brief glimpse at the future.

The Czars built luxurious palaces, cultured elegant gardens, and accumulated hundreds of the greatest paintings and sculptures in Europe. Moscow's Kremlin Armory houses gilded and bejewelled crowns, carriages, Faberge eggs, and other treasures. Many of the world's finest masterpieces, by such artists as Rembrandt, Michaelangelo, Da Vinci, Raphael, Kandinsky, Gainsborough, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Renoir, Matisse, and Picasso, can be viewed in museums in Moscow and St.Petersburg. Most notably the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg and the Pushkin Museum in Moscow have on display some of the world's greatest art treasures. My photos of many masterpieces from the Hermitage can be found near the end of this multi-page gallery.

All of these Russia images, including those in the darkened museums, were captured by the Nikon D2x, a 12 megapixel digital marvel, together with a variety of very special lenses.
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Peterhof from the Baltic waterway.jpg
Peterhof from the Baltic waterway.jpg
Hermitage Entry.jpg
Hermitage Entry.jpg
Da Vinci Madonna  Child 2.jpg
Da Vinci Madonna Child 2.jpg
Abraham  Isaac Rembrandt Hermitage.jpg
Abraham Isaac Rembrandt Hermitage.jpg
Van Gogh Thatched Cottages copy.jpg
Van Gogh Thatched Cottages copy.jpg
Cezanne Man with Pipe.jpg
Cezanne Man with Pipe.jpg
Peterhof Grounds.jpg
Peterhof Grounds.jpg
Peterhof Palace  Fountains.jpg
Peterhof Palace Fountains.jpg
Closeup of Samson in Peterhof.jpg
Closeup of Samson in Peterhof.jpg
Atlas Looks out to the Baltic at Peterhof.jpg
Atlas Looks out to the Baltic at Peterhof.jpg
Game Room.jpg
Game Room.jpg
Banquet Room 2 Peterhof.jpg
Banquet Room 2 Peterhof.jpg
The Tucker -- Theile Family Group at Peterhof.jpg
The Tucker -- Theile Family Group at Peterhof.jpg
Neptune Subdues a Fish in a Fountain.jpg
Neptune Subdues a Fish in a Fountain.jpg
Girl in Chair.jpg
Girl in Chair.jpg
Michaelangelo Crouching Boy copy.jpg
Michaelangelo Crouching Boy copy.jpg
Paul Gauguin Original and Copy.jpg
Paul Gauguin Original and Copy.jpg
Matisse Still Life with Dishes and Fruit 1901.jpg
Matisse Still Life with Dishes and Fruit 1901.jpg
Great Hall Hermitage.jpg
Great Hall Hermitage.jpg
_DSC0013 Alexander I.jpg
_DSC0013 Alexander I.jpg
Friesz Roofs and Cathedral Rouen.jpg
Friesz Roofs and Cathedral Rouen.jpg
Picasso Two Sisters (The Meeting) 1902.jpg
Picasso Two Sisters (The Meeting) 1902.jpg
Picasso Woman with Fan 1907-08.jpg
Picasso Woman with Fan 1907-08.jpg
Picasso Nude 1909.jpg
Picasso Nude 1909.jpg
Rembrandt Flora Detail 1634.jpg
Rembrandt Flora Detail 1634.jpg
Rembrandt Danae.jpg
Rembrandt Danae.jpg
Rembrant Return of Prodigal Son Hermitage.jpg
Rembrant Return of Prodigal Son Hermitage.jpg
Renoir Girl with a Fan 1881.jpg
Renoir Girl with a Fan 1881.jpg
Child with a Whip.jpg
Child with a Whip.jpg
Woman in the Garden. Sainte-Adresse.jpg
Woman in the Garden. Sainte-Adresse.jpg
Hermitage Hall w Raphael Loggias.jpg
Hermitage Hall w Raphael Loggias.jpg
Pissarro Street Scene.jpg
Pissarro Street Scene.jpg
Kandinsky Winter 1909 Hermitage.jpg
Kandinsky Winter 1909 Hermitage.jpg
Kandinsky 1911 Sketch for Composition V Hermitage.jpg
Kandinsky 1911 Sketch for Composition V Hermitage.jpg
Gilded Clock Hermitage.jpg
Gilded Clock Hermitage.jpg
Gilded Horse-drawn Coach for the Czars.jpg
Gilded Horse-drawn Coach for the Czars.jpg
Kazan Cathedral.jpg
Kazan Cathedral.jpg
Bankovskiy Most with Lions.jpg
Bankovskiy Most with Lions.jpg
St Isaacs Cathedral Exterior.jpg
St Isaacs Cathedral Exterior.jpg
Church of Spilled Blood copy.jpg
Church of Spilled Blood copy.jpg
Russian Girls Watch Cruise Ship Pass.jpg
Russian Girls Watch Cruise Ship Pass.jpg
Lomonosov Porcelain.jpg
Lomonosov Porcelain.jpg
Cruiser Aurora.jpg
Cruiser Aurora.jpg
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