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Russian Painting - from Icons to the Ballets Russes

Study Day on Wednesday 20th March 2019 at 10:00AM

Lecturer: Jane Angelini
Venue: Bishopswood Village Hall

As part of the Orthodox tradition, to which Russia belonged, Medieval Russia produced exquisite icons showing technical mastery and sublime spirituality. Icons were produced and used as sacral objects, part of the liturgy and act of prayer. They are painted with a deliberate avoidance of realism, a profound use of colour and abstraction. It was these qualities that fascinated 20th century modernists. For many centuries, cut off from Europe, Russia had no other tradition other than icon painting. In the 18th century, Peter the Great and his successors introduced foreign artists and began training Russians in the traditions of western painting. In the middle of the 19th century Russian art came into its own, producing numerous highly talented yet little known artists. Russian landscape painters, portraitists, impressionists, and pre-Raphaelites will certainly change your ideas on Russian painting. In the late 19th century, fostered by Benois, Bakst and Diaghalev there was increasing interest in the role of music, dance and art combined, leading up to the Ballets Russes, which took not only Russia but Europe by storm and can be seen as a precursor to the modern movement in the early decades of the 20th century.

Jane Angelini is a freelance lecturer for The Arts Society and other arts organisations. She runs her own art tours company, specialising in cultural visits. She speaks several foreign languages and has translated a number of works of 19th century Russian literature for Penguin Books and Oxford University Press. She has a BA in Russian Studies and an MA in Byzantine Studies.

Cost: £35 including tea/coffee and lunch
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