Studies in Art

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Russia, though fiercely independent, was increasingly drawn and inspired by European culture culminating in the brilliance of Catherine the Great’s court in the Age of Enlightenment. The nineteenth century saw this admiration for Western culture give way to a growing sense of national identity – of Russianness.

This course will trace the development of Russian history and culture from the autocratic rule of Ivan the Terrible in the sixteenth century to the revolutionary upheavals of the early twentieth century and look at how Russian musicians, writers and artists turned increasingly to their own cultural traditions for inspiration.


Tuesday 9 November 2010

10.30am
Icons and Guns: Russian Culture and Politics in the Sixteenth Century
Sergei Bogatyrev, Director, Centre for Russian Studies, SSEES, University College London

12.00noon
Revolutionary or Evolutionary Change? Peter the Great and the “Europeanisation “of Russian Culture
Dr Paul Keenan, Department of International History, London School of Economics

1.00pm
Lunch

2.00pm
The Two Faces of Russia: Moscow and St Petersburg
Dr Rosamund Bartlett, Visiting Research Fellow, Department of Music, King’s College London


Tuesday 16 November 2010

10.30am
Russian Music in Search of an Identity
Roderick Swanston

12.00noon
Catherine the Great and the Enlightenment
Professor Simon Dixon, University College London

1.00pm
Lunch

2.00pm
The Feather of the Firebird: Russian Lacquer Miniatures and Fairy Tales
Cherry Gilchrist


Tuesday 23 November 2010

10.30am
The Great Writers of Imperial Russia
Dr Rosamund Bartlett, Visiting Research Fellow, Department of Music, King’s College London

12.00noon
The Wanderers. Critical Realism in Russian Art
David Jackson, Professor of Russian and Scandinavian Art Histories, University of Leeds

1.00pm
Lunch

2.00pm
Barge-Haulers on the Volga. A Russian Masterpiece in Context
David Jackson, Professor of Russian and Scandinavian Art Histories, University of Leeds


Tuesday 30 November 2010

10.30am
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: Russian Liberals and the Perils of Reform 1880-1917
Dr Daniel Beer, Lecturer in Modern European History, Royal Holloway, University of London

12.00noon
Art and Revolution: Russian Culture in the Early Twentieth Century
Dr Rosamund Bartlett, Visiting Research Fellow, Department of Music, King’s College London

1.00pm
Lunch

2.00pm
Populism, Prometheanism and Symbolism: Russian Music in the Reign of Nicholas II
Roderick Swanston

5.15pm
Private visit to the exhibition “The Last Flowering of Court Art: A Russian Private Collection of Faberge” at Wartski, 14 Grafton Street, London W1 with Kieran McCarthy, Director