European Masquerade Balls Encouraging Crossdressing, Russian Empress Elizabeth I’s Wildly Unpopular Masquerade Balls Due to Forced Exposure of Identity, the Miscellany Art Room of Catherine Palace of Tsarskoye Selo, and the Amber Room of Catherine Palace of Tsarskoye Selo

It was common during the 18th century for masquerade balls in Europe to occur in which women dressed like men and men dressed like women. In Russia, by imperial orders of Peter the Great's daughter Elizabeth I of Russia, no one was permitted to wear a mask which made Elizabeth I’s balls wildly unpopular with the nobles of the court. There is a room in Elizabeth I’s Saint Petersburg palace in which artwork is not displayed and categorized by artist or time period but instead fit together side by ...

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