Author: SRAS Students

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, […]

The Muzeon and Art Market

Across the street from Gorky Park, on the territory of the New Tretyakov Gallery and the Central House of Artists lies Sculpture Park, which is known as “Muzeon” to locals. It is most famous as a graveyard of Soviet era statues, but also contains much modern art and several themed, sculpted landscapes all in an […]

Burganov Museum

Once the workshop of one of Moscow’s most famous modern sculptors, the Burganov Museum is one of the few Moscow museums dedicated to the work of a living artist. First and foremost a workshop, the museum is constantly changing and holds the works of Burganov, his wife, son, and friends. Alexander Burganov is perhaps best […]

Vasnetsov House-Museum

Situated between rows of high-rises and block apartment buildings stands a charming wooden house that was the home of one of Russia’s most famous artists. Victor M. Vasnetsov (1848-1926) created genre, historical, and religious art. His house reflects this and most items are either inspired by or made by the artist. The small, green-and-white house is […]

Winzavod

By Hannah Chapman Hannah Chapman is majoring in Russian Studies, International Business, and Political Science at Stetson University. She spent spring semester, 2009 studying abroad with The School of Russian and Asian Studies (SRAS) in Moscow on the Translate Abroad Program. Once a winery and now an art center, Winzavod spans seven buildings that total 20,000 sq. m. (215,000 […]

Roerich Museum

Dedicated to the works and ideas of the Nicholas Roerich and his family, the International Centre of the Roerichs stands out from its famous neighbors (it’s next to the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts) in both style and philosophy. Roerich was a widely-travelled painter and free thinker in the artistically and politically turbulent first half […]

Russian Crafts Tour the US

Inge Wierda studied art in Moscow with SRAS on custom program in 2006. This article was originally published on SRAS.org in February, 2006 and was donated to this site at its launch in 2011. The article focuses on the only piece of Russian art to be featured at The Victoria and Albert Museum exhibition called […]

Palace of the Boyars Romanov in Moscow

Five minutes away from Red Square, between a few small churches, stands the old palace of the famous Romanov boyars. Built by the brother-in-law of Ivan the Terrible and grandfather of Tsar Mikhail Romanov in the sixteenth century, it housed the family until 1613 when Mikhail Romanov became Tsar. After the Romanovs moved to the […]

Moscow’s Modern Dance Movements

In Moscow, a close community of performers and dancers exists that examines and explore body movement. Some choreographers define their work as “modern dance,” while others call their art “nonverbal dramatic theater.” Some choreographers and dancers attempt to avoid definition all together, explaining their art more loosely with terms like “total body movement,” “improvisation,” “free […]

Program Review: Art and Museums in Russia

Russia was a completely extreme experience for me, and one that I will never forget. Every day our group visited numerous works of priceless art from the smallest Scythian pendant, to the largest bell ever created in Moscow. My first impression of St. Petersburg was a sort of confusion. I had spent a few summers […]

Program Review: Art and Museums in Russia

As soon as we stepped outside of the airport and into Russia, I was surprised by just how different from anything I had ever seen it was. Everything is built and maintained so grandly here. I’m from around New York City, where we build upwards and sleek and fast, with NO attention to color or […]

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