Polyphony in Isaac Levitan’s Landscapes

Libretto For The Cries of Life: Polyphony in Isaac Levitan’s Landscapes within the context of the artistic and intellectual currents of 1860s Russia An Opera in Three Acts With Accompaniment: “Vera Pavlovna’s Ninth Dream” by Victor Pelevin[1]   By Corinne Hughes   Overture: What frightened her most of all was that there was no door […]

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Grutas Park and the Fate of Soviet Statuary in Lithuania

Located on the banks of its namesake pond in the scenic town of Druskininkai, approximately fifty miles from Lithuania’s capital, Vilnius, Grutas Park has become something of a joke to both Lithuanians and foreigners. Since the park’s opening on April 1st, 2001, visitors have had the opportunity to revisit the era of the Soviet Union […]

Dueling Demons: Mikhail Vrubel’s Demon Seated and Demon Downcast

The Demon, as presented in art, has become a theme often employed to represent a madness that has developed within the artist. This demon can serve as both a muse and a destructive force for the artist who cannot find a means to control it. Mikhail Vrubel looked to the Demon throughout his life; adapting […]

Baba, Proletarka and the Kolkhoznitsa: Soviet Depictions of Women in Anti-religious Posters

This paper examines how the evolution of state policy from 1923-1933, toward women and religion was expressed in posters, one of the most important mediums of communicating policy to a society that was still overwhelmingly illiterate at the beginning of Stalin’s cultural revolution in 1928. Furthermore, this paper seeks to use the analysis of the […]

The Legacy of Unofficial Art in St. Petersburg: The Case of Pushkinkaya-10 Art Center

One must really have the desire to find the Pushkinskaya-10 Art Center if they are to visit it. Located in an otherwise inconspicuous courtyard off Ligovsky Prospect, it hides tucked behind the bright signs surrounding the Moskovsky railway station in downtown St. Petersburg, just a bit more visible than when its entrance was located around […]

A New Look at the Series “Sancta:” An American Perspective

by Holly McMurtry Holly McMurtry is a SRAS graduate pursuing an MA in Russian from Middlebury College. This paper was presented at the International Center for the Roerichs in Moscow in 2003. Note: The following article was taken from an issue of Vestnik: The Journal of Russian and Asian Studies, a scholarly journal created by […]

From Image to the Salvation of Mankind: Discovering Differences in Theology and Culture in a Comparison of Russian Orthodox and Roman Catholic Sacred Art

Note 1: this article makes frequent references to images and figures. To download these as a PDF appendix, click here. Note 2: The following article was taken from an issue of Vestnik: The Journal of Russian and Asian Studies, a scholarly journal created by The School of Russian and Asian Studies. For more information about Vestnik, […]

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