Fine Arts | Russian Art
A480 | 2195 | Kennedy

	Over the course of its history Russian art has had a wide variety
of forms and purposes, ranging from the lofty traditions of icon painting
to the "paradise on earth" of the Moscow metro system constructed in the
1930s.  It has also been distinguished by sudden, radical changes of
direction and by the whole-hearted pursuit of utopian ideas.  A480 deals
with the evolution of Russian art from the 12th century to the present
(emphasizing the last 100 years).  The course covers painting, sculpture,
and architecture, placing them in a cultural and historical perspetive.

	Topics covered in the firs part of the semester will include the
development of a distinctively Russian form of religious art, the adoption
and adaptation of western ideas in Russian court art and architecture, the
rise of Russian romanticism, and the emergence of nationalism and of
"critical realism" in the second half of the 19th century.  At least half
the semester will be devoted to the various phases of the Russian
avant-garde fro neo-primitivism through Russian constructivism, with some
attention given at the end to socialist realism and to the non-conformist
art which has arisen since the 1950s.

	The course is open to students with some background either in art
history or in Russian history and culture (junior, senior, or graduate
student status strongly recommended.)