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*POSTPONED until further notice* CamRuSS Russian History & Arts lecture series. Talk 3: “Russian Portraiture: From Parsuna to Modernism.” by Dr Nicky Kozicharow.

Friday 27 March, 19:00

Dmitri Levitzky, Portrait of a student of the Empress School for Noble Maidens Ekaterina Ivanovna Nelidova dressed as Seprpina (“La serva padrona”), 1773


In 1764, the Imperial Academy of Arts in St Petersburg ranked portraiture as the most celebrated type of painting in the hierarchy of genres. This unusual move was unprecedented in European academies, who prized historical or mythological scenes above all other modes of painting, and speaks to Russia’s rich history of and distinctive innovations in the realm of portraiture. This lecture explores the genre from the early parsuna tradition in medieval Russia to more modern approaches in the fin-de-siècle. It especially considers the patronage of rulers such as Catherine the Great and collectors such as Pavel Tretyakov, the significance of sitters, including Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, and Akhmatova, and the ways in which artists developed radical new ways of representing likeness.

Language: English

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

You can pre-book your tickets by following this link.

You can also pay by a direct bank transfer (BACS) to the following account:
Cambridge Russian-Speaking Society
NATWEST Bank, Sort code: 60-11-30
Account: 18120466
Ref: 27March + YOUR NAME (under which you are making reservation)

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