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The Baroque in seventeenth-century Russian art

Kostotchkina, Natalia; (1994) The Baroque in seventeenth-century Russian art. Masters thesis (M.Phil), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Russian Baroque of the seventeenth century is one of the most controversial and unstudied phenomena of Old Russian art. Event the term "Russian Baroque" provokes debates and unfavourable criticism among some Russian art historians. Sometimes the existence of Baroque stylistic features in seventeenth-century Russian art is even called into question. There is no common opinion about the chronological framework of this artistic trend. This thesis is an attempt to demonstrate the existence of Baroque stylistic elements in seventeenth-century Russian art and to argue that West European Baroque influence played a great part in the development of seventeenth- century Russian art. One of the objectives of the thesis is to determine the sources of penetration of Western Baroque ideas into Old Russian icon-painting and painting, decorative and applied art. Russian art historiography in Great Britain has not considered the problem of Russian Baroque within the whole spectrum of Old Russian art - in all its varieties and genres. Only in seventeenth-century Russian architecture have Baroque features been fully examined, notably in the work of Dr Lindsey Hughes. That is why seventeenth-century Russian architecture has been excluded from this thesis. The thesis is practically the first scholarly research of the genesis of Russian Baroque and the first comprehensive analysis of seventeenth-century Russian art (both the Moscow school and provincial art centres) from the point of view of its Baroque stylistic features.

Type: Thesis (Masters)
Qualification: M.Phil
Title: The Baroque in seventeenth-century Russian art
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Thesis digitised by ProQuest.
Keywords: Communication and the arts
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10103607
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