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Palaces in St. Petersburg / Re: Aerials of the Winter Palace - Hermitage
« on: February 03, 2019, 03:55:38 PM »
Interior courtyards were used to allow light and air into interior rooms - in everything from palaces to NYC tenements.  Made living in such buildings more pleasant, and people healthier.

Having Fun! / Re: Coloured Pictures XXXVII
« on: February 03, 2019, 03:53:11 PM »
In this case, bigger is definitely better.  Great pic, fantastic colorization!

Palaces in St. Petersburg / Re: Aerials of the Winter Palace - Hermitage
« on: January 24, 2019, 09:27:14 AM »
Joanna, these stereoscopic photos are fascinating.  Thanks so much for posting them!

Palaces in St. Petersburg / Re: Yusupov Palace on the Moika
« on: January 24, 2019, 09:22:44 AM »
I really like this plan, BRNBG.  I can't get enough of studying it.

Palaces in St. Petersburg / Re: Yusupov Palace on the Moika
« on: January 22, 2019, 02:42:06 AM »
The floor plan looks interesting.  Alas, the link is not working.

Alexandra Feodorovna / Re: Empress Alexandra - paintings and portraits
« on: January 02, 2019, 10:23:07 PM »
I can certainly see why the Kaulbach portrait in the formal reception room of the Alexander Palace, with the sweetness and seriousness Page mentions in her post above, rather than stiffness and formality, was a favorite of Alexandra's.  I imagine she and her family would be amazed to see it hanging there to this day.

Olga Nicholaievna / Re: Olga Photographs IV
« on: January 02, 2019, 10:15:19 PM »
I hadn't seen the two photos posted by Sister Romanova on August 11, of Olga and Anna Vyrubova at Livadia.  The first is especially intriguing; I've seen only the well known photo of Alexis and Alexandra sitting in this chair.  I had no idea that it was one of a series. 

Anastasia Nicholaievna / Re: Illnesses of Grand Duchess Anastasia
« on: December 28, 2018, 01:57:27 PM »
Joanna, I read your post; the urgency that clearly surrounded Anastasia's illness comes through and is sobering.

Palaces in St. Petersburg / Re: Sheremetev Palace
« on: December 28, 2018, 01:52:54 PM »
My apologies, Tatyana!  I scrolled back up and see it is you who posted the beautiful photos, and you whom I should have been addressing. 

Palaces in St. Petersburg / Re: Sheremetev Palace
« on: December 20, 2018, 11:07:51 AM »
Joanna, the exterior woodwork, interiors, instruments, and furnishings are all very beautiful.  Thank you for posting this launch pad for some research.

Having Fun! / Re: Rare Pictures XIII
« on: December 18, 2018, 11:04:07 AM »
Almost all are new to me.  Love the attempts at colorization!

Beautiful portrait.  She and her sister Empress Alexandra certainly shared many physical traits.

Olga Nicholaievna / Re: New Monument to Olga Nikolaevna
« on: November 08, 2018, 09:46:07 AM »
This post has got to be one of the most riveting I've read in a long time.  The beautiful monument, and the moving story behind it, lift Grand Duchess Olga out of the pages of history books and breathe fresh life into her memory.  Thank you for posting, Dru.

From time to time since 2010 I track the possibility of a restoration of the monarchy in Russia and have some interesting news to report.  In 2010, general support for a restoration was roughly 28%.  In just three years that figure climbed to 33%, where it stands today.   According to an Izvestia poll in 2017, support among the young is 37%.  These are not insubstantial percentages.

Suprisingly, there is a Monarchist Party in Russia, registered and licensed in 2012 and currently with 47 branch offices scattered throughout Russia.  Add to this a resurgence of interest in Russia in the former Imperial family, and Romanovs routinely traveling to Russia to participate in official State ceremonies.  None of this would have been imaginable until fairly recently - certainly not before 1991.

Given the above, restoration of monarchy in Russia within our lifetimes is not beyond the realm of possibility.  And Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna has made it quite clear, in interviews and in writings, that she stands ready to take the throne should a restoration come about, but only by popular referendum.

Olga Nicholaievna / Re: The Duma's Regency propsal
« on: October 02, 2018, 11:58:25 AM »
Ditto, Ally.

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