Russian Architecture and the West

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Yale University Press, 2007 - Architecture - 434 pages
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This is the first book to show the development of Russian architecture over the past thousand years as a part of the history of Western architecture. Dmitry Shvidkovsky, Russia’s leading architectural historian, departs from the accepted notion that Russian architecture developed independent of outside cultural influences and demonstrates that, to the contrary, the influence of the West extends back to the tenth century and continues into the present. He offers compelling assessments of all the main masterpieces of Russian architecture and frames a radically new architectural history for Russia.
The book systematically analyzes Russian buildings in relation to developments in European art, pointing out where familiar European features are expressed in Russian projects. Special attention is directed toward decorations based on Byzantine models; the heritage of Italian master builders and carvers; the impact of architects and others sent by Elizabeth I; the formation of the Russian Imperial Baroque; the Enlightenment in Russian art; and 19th- and 20th-century European influences. With over 300 specially commissioned photographs of sites throughout Russia and western Europe, this magnificent book is both beautiful and groundbreaking.
  

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Contents

Fioravanti Cardinal Vissarion and Semyon Tolbuzin
81
The Architectural Programme of the Cathedral of the Dominion in the Moscow Kremlin and the early Greek piety laid down by God
82
The Building of Fioravantis Cathedral of the Dormition
84
Russian Italian and Byzantine Features of the Cathedral of the Dormition
85
The Solari Building Dynasty in Milan and Moscow
91
The Late Fifteenthcentury Lombard Fortifications and Grand Princes Palace in the Kremlin
92
Alevisio Lamberti da Montagnana and the Burialplace of the Princes of Moscow
99
Moscow Traditional Architecture in the Renaissance Period
108
The Architecture of the First of the Romanovs and Christopher Galloway
151
The Architecture of Alexis Mikhaylovich
166
RUSSIAN IMPERIAL BAROQUE
183
Architectural Manners in Moscow in the Early Petrine Era
185
The Image of a New Empire
193
Peter the Greats Foreign Architects
197
Baroque St Petersburg
205
The Birth of Russian Imperial Baroque
209

Vasily III and the Church of the Ascension in Kolomenskoye
111
PostByzantine Mannerism? The Stylistic Features of Sixteenth and Seventeenthcentury Russian Architecture
123
St Basils Cathedral and the Architectural Tastes of Ivan the Terrible
126
The Meaning of St Basils Cathedral
138
New Towerform and Traditional Churches in the Second Half of the Sixteenth Century
140
English Architects at the Court of Ivan the Terrible 146
144
Tradition and a NewWave of Italianisms
150
The Style of Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli
210
CharlesLouis Clerisseau Charles Cameron Giacomo Quarenghi and Nikolay Lvov
254
THE EUROPEAN CENTURY 201
291
THE SOVIET AND POSTSOVIET ERAS
357
Notes
386
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Dmitry Shvidkovsky is vice president of the Russian Academy of Fine Arts, and professor and head of the Department of the History of Architecture, Moscow Institute for Architecture. He is the author of The Empress and the Architect: British Architecture and Gardens at the Court of Catherine the Great, published by Yale University Press. Yekaterina Shorban is senior research fellow of the Department of the Register of Architectural Heritage, State Institute of Art History.

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