Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Ostankino Palace

We recently lost the legendary fashion and fine art photographer Deborah Turbeville, so it seemed a good time to revisit her beautiful and atmospheric work — but with something a little different. These photographs by her are of the Ostankino Palace in Russia, a private theatre with a romantic history. It was built in the late 18th century by czarist count Nikolai Sheremetev for Praskovia Kovalyova, who, legend says, he fell utterly in love with after seeing her leading a cow home from pasture. The Ostankino Palace was created as a showcase for Kovalyova, who was also a gifted opera singer and ballet dancer — here she performed with a 200 member serf troupe for the count and his guests. More about it here on Architectural Digest.


Giulia said...

I've been so out of it that I did not know she passed away. :( She was the first female photographer that I was aware of when I was a young teenager. Her photographs grabbed me like none other when I was about 12 yrs old...and I grew up in a house full of photography books & magazines concentrating on the photographer. I remember, all these years later, waiting waiting until I was allowed to rip pages or cut pages out of the magazines & put into my own notebooks. Thanks for Lori, for the reminder.



automatism said...

You are so welcome, Susan — loved her work for a very long time too and was so sad to read she was gone. Such a gorgeous eye.


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