Thames & Hudson £36 (0-500-51182-9); Church Times Bookshop £32.40
Russia before 1917 had a great tradition among the nobility of private
collecting. But this did not involve only paintings. Among the patrons
celebrated in this sumptuous and superbly illustrated book , published
next week by was Princess Maria Tenisheva, who encouraged Turgenev and Anton
Rubinstein among others, and who in 1900 had the mortuary chapel above built in
Flenovo, and decorated with frescoes by Nikolai Roerich.
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