Fine Arts | Russian Art
A480 | 25758 | 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.)