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CamRuSS Russian History & Arts lecture series. Talk 1: “Russian icons: a sacred tradition which inspired modernism” by Dr Natalia Budanova

Friday 21 February, 2020, 19:00

The Mother of God Vladimirsakaya, XII c.

Icons were and still are an essential part of Orthodox culture in Russia. At the same time, they are also works of art, whose specific qualities were much appreciated by many figures in modernist art movements from 20th c. onwards. This first lecture of the series will offer a cultural and historical survey of the art of icon painting in Russia and its artistic trajectory.

*** We are considering to run only this lecture in Russian with short English subtitles. Please let us know if you prefer for it to be delivered in English by 23 January and the presenter kindly agreed to adjust her talk accordingly. Please email us at camruss@camruss.com or info@camruss.com.

Language: English

Tickets: Adults £12, CamRuSS members, OAPs, students – £9.
Combined ticket for all 6 lectures: Adults £65, CamRuSS members, OAPs, students £50.

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Dr Natalia Budanova, MA (Cambs), MA (Courtauld), PhD (Courtauld) is a UK-based independent art historian and a member of CCRAC advisory board. Her research and publications engage in investigating the role of women in Russian Art of the late Imperial and early Soviet periods, patterns of artistic exchange between Russia and the West, and art of the Great War.

You can view slides of the presentation by following this link.

Steven Schwitzer⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ An excellent speaker and a fascinating subject.

Olga Gregory⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Отличная лекция, глубокий материал, представленный в разных ракурсах истории и искусства.

Bibliography and further reading:

In Russian

Лазарев В.Н., Андрей Рублев и его школа, Москва: «Искусство», 1966.

Бекенева Н.Г., Симон Ушаков, Москва: «Художник РСФСР», 1984.

Соловьева И., (ред.), Русская икона, Ст. Петербург: «П-2», 2006

Меняйло В.А., (ред.), Иконописцы царя Михаила Романова, Москва: «Художник и книга», 2007.

Тарасов О., Модерн и древние иконы, Москва: «Индрик», 2016.

In English

Hamilton G.H., The Art and Architecture of Russia, Penguin Books: London, 1990.

Grierson R., (ed.), Gates of Mystery: the Art of Holy Russia, Lutterworth Press, 1994.

Thyrêt I., Between God and Tsar: Religious Symbolism and the Royal Women of Muscovite Russia, Northern Illinois University Press, 2001.

Tarasov O., Icon and Devotion: Sacred Spaces in Imperial Russia, Reaktion Books: London, 2002.

Archimandrite Zacchaeus (Wood), ed., A History of Icon Painting, Moscow: “Grand-Holding” Publishers, 2005.

Tradigo A., Icons and Saints of the Eastern Orthodox Church, Los Angeles: The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2006.

Spira A., Avant-Garde Icon: Russian Avant-Garde Art and the Icon Painting Tradition, London: Lund Humphries Publishers, 2008.


Friday 21 February, 2020


Graham Storey Room, Trinity Hall
Trinity Lane
Cambridge, CB2 1TJ United Kingdom
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