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1794 portrait of Catherine, age approximately 65, with the Chesme Column in the background by Vladimir Borovikovsky (Tretyakov Gallery) (Photo credit: Wiki2.org.)

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Portraits_of_Catherine_II_of_Russia#Lampi

In my last post, credits for the image above were left incomplete. I tried to add the name of the artist, but could not access the post. The artist is Vladimir Borovikovsky. The portrait is housed in the Tretyakov Gallery, in Moscow.

Britannica’s Video

Moreover, the link to Britannica’s video on Catherine the Great was moved.

https://www.britannica.com/biography/Catherine-the-Great/media/99597/193539

Finally,

Wiki2.org (2nd part) provides a concise and fascinating discussion of Catherine’s life, times and accomplishments. (See Catherine the Great, Wiki2.org.)

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Mussorgsky was one of The Five (composers) (the Mighty Handful) who attempted to give the music of Russia a typically Russian idiom. Remember the bells.

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Modest MussorgskyNight on Bald Mountain (ca 1858)

The Rooks have come back by Alezei Savrasov, 1871, Ipatiev Monastery in Kostroma

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2 November 2018
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