Tsarist Miscellania

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In the “Russian Empire in Color” exhibition at the Photo Center, photographs by Sergei Prokudin-Gorsky reveal the churches, landscapes and inhabitants of the late Russian Empire in brilliant whites, sharp blues and rich purples.
A famous photographer, inventor and chemist, Prokudin-Gorsky invented a three-color method of photography with German scientist Adolf Miethe that projected monochrome negatives with red, green and blue light to achieve the illusion of color. Their announcement of the method’s success in 1902 marked the formal beginning of color photography.
In 1909, Prokudin-Gorsky won a commission from Tsar Nicholas II, a photography buff, to travel across Russia, documenting its people and places with his new technology. For his expeditions, the tsar granted Prokudin-Gorsky a steamship
The Empress Anna arranged for Ernst Johann von Biron, who had been the Chief Gentleman-in-Waiting at the Imperial Court, to take over the Duchy of Courland. He took over the duchy when the last duke, Ferdinand Kettler, died without a male heir.

Empress Elizabeth's adolescence was marked with an education in French culture in hopes of a union with King Louis XV of France.
However the French Bourbons rejected her.
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Tsarevich Alexis Petrovich married Princess Charlotte of Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel on October 25, 1711. Charlotte's marriage to Tsarevich Alexis was the first to break the tradition of the Russian imperial family of only marrying women from the Russian nobility.
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