Catherine II as Minerva by C.Richard 1789

Join for an exciting journey to the 18th century Europe with Dr Olga Popova- 

an art historian based in Paris, who researched European art market of XVIII century and the role that Russian art dealers played in shaping major international art collections as part of her doctoral thesis, which she successfully defended at Lille University in 2016. Olga is an art blogger at Orbita Paris Web TV Channel where she leads a programme on art and culture in Russian. The art market in  the Europe of the Enlightenment was a field of open battles and hidden spy games. The British and the Germans are competing, buying antique sculptures in Italy; in Amsterdam dealers and collectors from all over Europe purchase artworks and exotica, brought from Asia by the East India Company.

Empress Catherine II actively acquires paintings in Paris, Dresden, London and Brussels, in rivalry with the Prussian King and collector Frederick the Great. Many Russian aristocrats spare no forces for their art collections: Stroganov, Demidov, Yusupov, Golitsyn – here are a few names that many have heard about. However, these collectors with their important acquisitions are just the tip of the iceberg

Click here to watch Olga Popova`s interview with Pierre Rosenberg, the former director of the Louvre.

Followed by a drinks reception.


  • Date: 16 March 2018
  • Nihon Room Pembroke College Trumpington Street Cambridge, CB2 1RF
  • Time: 6:30pm
  • Tickets: CamRuSS members FREE, others £5.