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The Marine Façade and the Petersburg Myth in Post-Soviet Russia

St. Petersburg has always been Russia’s “window to the West.” At the time of its construction in the eighteenth century, Peter the Great envisioned a city encompassing the greatest architectural achievements of Western Europe: the romantic island-canal systems of Venice and Amsterdam, luxurious baroque architecture, and a court rivaling that of the French in power […]

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 […]

The Wanderers

The Peredvizhniki, or The Wanderers, were a movement of Russian Realism born from the Imperial Academy of Arts in 1863. Under the rule of Alexander II, Russia was struggling through a series of liberal reforms that were part of a greater humanitarian movement. The emancipation of the serfs in 1861 deconstructed much of the social […]

Russian Icons in Detail

The Museum of Russian Icons was founded in Clinton, MA., in 2006 and displays over 200 icons. It is the only museum dedicated exclusively to Russian Orthodox icons outside of Russia. Russian Icons in Detail Resource presented by: The Museum of Russian Icons and The School of Russian and Asian Studies Briefly about Icons: Icon […]

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