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Aleksandr Ivanov and Nikolai Gogol': the image and the word in the Russian tradition of art as prophecy

Davidson, P; (2013) Aleksandr Ivanov and Nikolai Gogol': the image and the word in the Russian tradition of art as prophecy. Slavonic and East European Review , 91 (2) pp. 157-209. Green open access

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Abstract

The Russian image of the artist as a prophet is generally regarded as a verbal construct, developed through literary tradition. The paper introduces a new perspective: the role of the visual arts. Focusing on the relationship between Aleksandr Ivanov (1806-58) and Nikolai Gogol' (1809-52), it argues that Ivanov's visual treatment of prophecy (in 'The Appearance of the Messiah to the People', 1833-57) interacted with and influenced Gogol's literary approach (in Dead Souls, 'The Portrait', Selected Passages from Correspondence with Friends). Tensions over the relative value of the image and the word in creating new forms of religious art and competition over assuming the role of leading prophet led to a crisis point in their relationship around 1848.

Type: Article
Title: Aleksandr Ivanov and Nikolai Gogol': the image and the word in the Russian tradition of art as prophecy
Location: UK
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5699/slaveasteurore...
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2013 Pamela Davidson.
Keywords: Aleksandr Ivanov, Nikolai Gogol, prophecy, visual arts, 'The Appearance of the Messiah to the People', 1833-57
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > SSEES
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1392381
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