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This exhibition offers a rare chance to explore the collections of 18th-century Russian Empress Catherine the Great, who amassed literally thousands of paintings, drawings, gems, medals, sculptures and items of jewellery.
Vigilius Eriksen, Portrait of Catherine II on her horse Brilliant, after 1762
© The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg
With portraits, costume, splendid snuffboxes, classical cameos and outstanding works in porcelain, glass, metal and polished stone, the works on show demonstrate both the personal and political aspirations of this extraordinary figure from history.
Co-curated by the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg and National Museums Scotland, the exhibition will appear only in the Scottish Capital.
What the critics say
This narrative section and the courtly life areas have the most interesting stories, but other areas of the exhibition have more spectacular objects.
A new exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland relives the glory of the reign of Catherine the Great of Russia. It's a splendid show with some breathtaking pieces
The picture of Catherine that emerges from a show like this is of a ruler who profoundly understood that monarchy is a form of theatre.