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Title Coronation Decorations as a Political Text: Catherine I and Catherine the Great
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About author Aronova, Alla Aleksandrovna — Ph. D., senior researcher. State Institute of Art Studies, Koziskii per., 5, Moscow 125009, Russian Federation.
In the section Russian Art of the 18th Century DOI10.18688/aa188-2-18
Year 2018 Volume 8 Pages 185202
Type of article RAR Index UDK 725.94 Index BBK 85.103(2)5

The article offers a comparative review of two Russian coronations: of 1724 and of 1762. The purpose is to identify the nature of the visualization of the key ideas of each of the festivals implemented by various means of temporary architecture. The idea of the Catherine’s I coronation was the legitimization of the rights of the second wife of Emperor Peter I to ascend the Russian throne. It showed a two-act scenario (the ceremony of the coronation, the coronation celebrations) and the image of Minerva-warrior as the alter ego of the Empress. The idea of the coronation of Catherine II was the legitimation of the spouse of the deceased Emperor Peter III and the mother of the heir, Pavel Petrovich, on the Russian throne. Coronation used three-act script with a solemn entry under the triumphal arches and image of goddess Minerva primarily as the goddess of wisdom, which significantly enhances public aspects of the celebration.

Reference Aronova, Alla A. Coronation Decorations as a Political Text: Catherine I and Catherine the Great. Actual Problems of Theory and History of Art: Collection of articles. Vol. 8. Ed. S. V. Mal’tseva, E. Iu. Staniukovich-Denisova, A. V. Zakharova. — St. Petersburg: St. Petersburg Univ. Press, 2018, pp. 185–202. ISSN 2312-2129.
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