Книги издательства Sirocco
Diego Velazquez (1599-1660) is one of the world's most famous artists. Representative of 17th century European painting, he worked for the Spanish court and for the most important figures, completing numerous portraits. Yet, passionate about the human figure, his oeuvre also encompasses bodegones, representations of daily life in the taverns and kitchens of Spain. Considered the father of Spanish painting, Velazquez inspired entire generations of the artists who followed him, including Picasso, Dali, and Bacon. His mysterious painting Las Meninas, which contains the essence of his work, is still today an inexhaustible source for writing and research.
This is a major pictorial work about the Romanov dynasty, the supreme rulers of Russia for over 300 years, with special emphasis on the life of Nicholas II, the last Tsar. Moreover, it is an unsurpassed photographic record of the lives of the last reigning members of the Russian Royal family. The great majority of the photographs used in this book have never been published before, and have rarely been seen even by researchers from the West, having remained hidden in the archives for 70 years, since the Russian revolution. The many contemporary photographs depict Russian royalty in ceremonial dress and at leisure in informal surroundings. There are also such unique items as Rasputin, (the mad monk) and confidant of the Tsarina, Alexandra, pictured surrounded by female admirers.