The Art and Architecture of Russia

The Art and Architecture of Russia : Third Edition

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This revised and updated history confines itself to Russia west of the Urals, the Russia whose artistic beginnings lay in the response of a newly settled people to the impact of Christianity and the Byzantine Empire. In the first centuries the arts flourished and developed in the independent states and principalities, but gradually native schools in centres like Novgorod and Kiev gave way to centralization based on Moscow. From the emergence of Russia under Peter the Great until the late 19th century, specifically Russian qualities gave way to Western European inspiration and advice. However, as the 19th century developed, there was a reaction from foreign domination and this led to the rediscovery of native traditions.
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  • Paperback | 482 pages
  • 153.92 x 209.8 x 24.64mm | 748g
  • New Haven, CT, United States
  • English
  • 3rd ed.
  • 314 b-w illus.
  • 0300053274
  • 9780300053272
  • 638,685

Table of contents

Part 1 Kievan Russia: the past of Kiev; the architecture of Kiev - 990-1240; the archiecture of Novgorod and Pskov 990-1500; the architecture of Vladimir-Suzdal 1110-1240; mosaics and frescoes in Kiev; the first Russian sculpture; frescoes in Vladimir and Novgorod. Part 2 Icon-painting: icon-painting - criticism, iconography and technique; the earliest icons 990-1250; provincial schools of the 13th and 14th centuries; 15th century painting - Moscow; 15th century painting - Novgorod; painting in Moscow in the later 15th and 16th centuries. Part 3 The art of Muscovy: wooden church architecture; architecture in Moscow - 1400-1600; 17th century architecture - the "Moscow Baroque"; secular architecture; the beginning of modern painting - Moscow, 1550-1700. Part 4 St Petersburg: Peter's baroque - 1703-41; Elizabeth's rococo - 1741-62; the classicism of Catherine II - 1762-96; the Alexandrian empire - 1796-1850; the medieval revival - 18th century romantic architecture. Part 5 Modern Russian art: 18th-century painting and sculpture; romanticism; ideological realism; the Slavic revival and Mir Iskusstva.
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