AGO Podcast #4 – Catherine the Great: The Role of the Luxury Arts as Symbols of Power
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Recorded: December, 2005 at the Art Gallery of Ontario
Anne Odom, Curator Emeritus at the Hillwood Museum in Washington, D.C.
Rulers since ancient times used extravagant textiles, silver, and gold to enhance ceremonies and to demonstrate their wealth and taste. Catherine understood these uses of the decorative arts, but she was often quite specific about the message she wished to impart, especially at the dinner table. Anne Odom will explore the various political and cultural messages Catherine aimed to impart as she placed her most important commissions.