VIRTUAL: Author Chat with Susan Jaques - "Catherine the Great & the National Gallery"


Join the Wharton Club of DC as they host author Susan Jaques to discuss her 2016 biography of Catherine the Great, and the surprising connection with DC's own National Gallery.


Date: Wednesday, November 2nd, 2022, 6:00-7:00pm ET

Location: Virtual


A self-proclaimed “glutton for art,” Catherine the Great was one of the 18th century’s premier collectors, amassing a world class trove of Old Master paintings, drawings, and decorative objects.  But her cultural legacy suffered at the hands of Joseph Stalin, who secretly sold off many Hermitage masterpieces. 

Join Susan Jaques, author of The Empress of Art: Catherine the Great and the Transformation of Russia as she explores the tsarina’s obsession with art and the surprising beneficiary of the sell-off, our own National Gallery of Art. 

About the Author: Susan Jaques is a Los Angeles-based author specializing in history and art. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA.  Her cultural history, The Caesar of Paris: Napoleon Bonaparte, Rome, and the Artistic Obsession that Shaped an Empire, a Washington Post best book of 2018, examines Napoleon’s fascination with antiquity. Her 2016 biography, The Empress of Art: Catherine the Great and the Transformation of Russia, explores the tsarina’s use of art to legitimize her reign and transform Russia into a European superpower.


Harvard Club members: $10 donation to the Wharton Club

Non-Members: $19 donation to the Wharton Club