1. The Men of Peter the Great Prince Alexander Danilovich Menshikov 2. The Old Russian Aristocratic Dynasties The Stroganoff Family; The Golitzin Family; The Shuvalov Family 3. The Entourage of Catherine the Great The Orloff Brothers; Prince Grigory Potemkin; Prince Alexander Bezborodko; General Alexander Dmitrievich Lanskoj; The Sheremetev Family; The Yusapov Family 4. Art Collecting in St Petersburg in the 19th Century Maximilian, Duke of Leuchtenberg; Dimitrii Pavlovich Tatischev; Alexei Khitrovo; Pyotr Semionov-Tian-Shiansky; Sapozhnikov-Benois Family; Baron Alexander Ludvigovich Stieglitz; Anatoly Demidoff; Alexander Bazilevsky 5. Collecting in Moscow Pavel Michailovich Tretiakov; Princess Maria Tenisheva; Savva Mamontov; The Morozov Family; The Shchyukin Family
Mikhail Piotrovsky is the Director of the State Hermitage, St Petersburg. Oleg Neverov is widely published art historian. His book The Hermitage: Essays on the History of the Collection has been a bestseller in several languages.