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Russian Art of the XIXth Century

This course attempts to present a new concept of the artistic life in XIXth century Russia, with "icons" and "modernity" being considered, not certain neutral temporal limits, but the real extreme possibilities that continued their extratemporal existence throughout the entire period, however not ending with it and remaining relevant even in the present situation, being the main intrigue of the Russian art history of the entire modern time. Thus with a reference to what normally seems to be long dead and gone, especially if one takes into an account a constant weakening of Soviet mythology of the "great realistic art" – in this country, since elsewhere it has never exerted any influence – this course aims to reveal certain general principles of what may be vaguely termed a Russian enlightened consciousness approached from the viewpoint of the visual arts. It is hoped that a seemingly unique sociopolitical situation here may all of a sudden let Russian art find more similarities than differences with the western art not excluding that of the USA.

Credits: 6/3

Course ID: ARTH_E_300


Profile History of Art

Taught this semester: No

Complies with general requirements: No

Course Type: Elective Course

Language: English