Daily Archives: November 20, 2012

Things that don’t work exactly as planned

When you really, really want to make a strong impression – sometimes you don’t.

This is the throne of Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia, in St. Petersburg. Huge amounts of money and gilding and velvet and marble went into displaying awe-inspiring levels of power, all concentrated right here.

On this little chair, dwarfed by the pillars and the painting. On the woman who once sat in that little chair. Even if she was remarkably tall (and as far as I know, she wasn’t), this setting must have made her look insignificant.