There are works of art that vividly and fully express the social content of the historical period in the life of the country. They are rare, but precisely because they rise in a series of phenomena of artistic culture. One of them is the engraving “Panorama of Petersburg” (1716) by Aleksey Fedorovich Zubov, expressing the spirit of Peter’s transformations. Continue reading
Repin wrote people turned into cattle, barge haulers pulling barges along the river. Dared to write the Russian tsar, who killed his own son. Reflecting on the history of his country, he portrayed the Cossacks, who “throughout life” remained free. He lovingly and carefully created portraits of the raging Vladimir Stasov, the great Leo Tolstoy and the leader of the Itinerants, Ivan Kramskoy.
More than once Repin returned to two themes that troubled the soul: the church and its disastrous role in Russian society, the image of a man who defiantly challenged it and the autocracy. Continue reading
The beginning of the collection of icons was laid by the Yaroslavl Restoration Commission, established in 1918 (since 1924, the Yaroslavl branch of the GRGR). One of the main goals set before the commission was overcoming the consequences of the White Guard uprising that occurred in the summer of 1918. During its suppression, artillery hit the city in direct fire, and many architectural monuments were destroyed or badly damaged. Supervised by YAO TsGRM PD Baranovsky, the work on the restoration of icon painting was headed by N.I. Bryagin. A large role in saving the monuments of Yaroslavl was played by A.I. Anisimov, scientific adviser of the Central State Research Center, professor of Moscow and Yaroslavl universities. It Anisimov insisted on the removal of the most valuable monuments of easel painting from the churches and placing them in the restoration workshop of Yaroslavl to strengthen. Continue reading