Picturing Russia : Explorations in Visual Culture

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  • Copyright: 2010-04-06
  • Publisher: Yale University Press

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What can Russian images and objectsa tsar's crown, a provincial watercolor album, the Soviet Pioneer Palacetell us about the Russian people and their culture? This wide-ranging book is the first to explore the visual culture of Russia over the entire span of Russian history, from ancient Kiev to contemporary, post-Soviet society. Illustrated with more than one hundred diverse and fascinating images, the book examines the ways that Russians have represented themselves visually, understood their visual environment, and used visual images in social and political contexts. Expert contributors discuss images and objects from all over the Russian/Soviet empire, including consumer goods, architectural monuments, religious icons, portraits, news and art photography, popular prints, films, folk art, and more. Each of the concise and accessible essays in the volume offers a fresh interpretation of Russian cultural history. Putting visuality itself in focus as never before,Picturing Russiaadds an entirely new dimension to the study of Russian literature, history, art, and culture. The book enriches our understanding of visual documents and shows the variety of ways they serve as far more than mere illustration.

Author Biography

Valerie A. Kivelson is professor, Department of History, University of Michigan. She lives in Ann Arbor, MI. Joan Neuberger is professor, Department of History, University of Texas at Austin. She lives in Austin.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Seeing into Being: An Introductionp. 1
Dirty Old Booksp. 12
Visualizing and Illustrating Early Rus Housingp. 17
The Crosier of St. Stefan of Permp. 21
Sixteenth-Century Muscovite Cavalrymenp. 28
Blessed Is the Host of the Heavenly Tsar: An Icon from the Dormition Cathedral of the Moscow Kremlinp. 33
The Cap of Monomakhp. 38
Church of the Intercession on the Moat / St. Basil's Cathedralp. 42
Mapping Serfdom: Peasant Dwellings on Seventeenth-Century Litigation Mapsp. 47
From Tsar to Emperor: Portraits of Aleksei and Peter Ip. 51
The Russian Round Table: Aleksei Zubov's Depiction of the Marriage of His Royal Highness, Peter the First, Autocrat of All the Russiasp. 57
An Icon of Female Authority: The St. Catherine Image of 1721p. 63
Conspicuous Consumption at the Court of Catherine the Great: Count Zakhar Chernyshev's Snuffboxp. 67
Moving Pictures: The Optics of Serfdom on the Russian Estatep. 71
Neither Nobles nor Peasants: Plain Painting and the Emergence of the Merchant Estatep. 76
Circles on a Square: The Heart of St. Petersburg Culture in the Early Nineteenth Centuryp. 81
Alexander Ivanov's Appearance of Christ to the Peoplep. 86
Lubki of Emancipationp. 90
Folk Art and Social Ritualp. 96
Personal and Imperial: Fyodor Vasiliev's In the Crimean Mountainsp. 100
Shop Signs, Monuments, Souvenirs: Views of the Empire in Everyday Lifep. 104
The Storming of Karsp. 109
A. O. Karelin and Provincial Bourgeois Photographyp. 113
European Fashion in Russiap. 119
The Savior on the Waters Church War Memorial in St. Petersburgp. 124
Workers in Suits: Performing the Selfp. 128
Visualizing Masculinity: The Male Sex That Was Not One in Fin-de-Siècle Russiap. 133
Pictographs of Power: The 500-Ruble Note of 1912p. 139
Visualizing 1917p. 142
Looking at Tatlin's Stovep. 148
Soviet Images of Jehovah in the 1920sp. 152
National Typesp. 157
Envisioning Empire: Veils and Visual Revolution in Soviet Central Asiap. 162
The Visual Economy of Forced Labor: Alexander Rodchenko and the White Sea-Baltic Canalp. 168
The Cinematic Pastoral of the 1930sp. 175
Portrait of Lenin: Carpets and National Culture in Soviet Turkmenistanp. 181
The Moscow Metrop. 185
The Soviet Spectacle: The All-Union Agricultural Exhibitionsp. 189
Motherland Calling? National Symbols and the Mobilization for Warp. 196
Visual Dialectics: Murderous Laughter in Eisenstein's Ivan the Terriblep. 201
Soviet Jewish Photographers Confront World War II and the Holocaustp. 207
The Morning of Our Motherland: Fyodor Shurpin's Portrait of Stalinp. 214
The Pioneer Palace in the Lenin Hillsp. 218
Mikhail Romm's Ordinary Fascismp. 224
Solaris and the White, White Screenp. 230
After Malevich—Variations on the Return to the Black Squarep. 233
Imagining Soviet Rock: Akvarium's Trianglep. 239
Keeping the Ancient Piety: Old Believers and Contemporary Societyp. 243
Viktor Vasnetsov's Bogatyrs: Mythic Heroes and Sacrosanct Borders Go to Marketp. 248
Landscape and Vision at the White Sea-Baltic Canalp. 254
Chronology of Russian Historyp. 259
Selected Bibliographyp. 263
List of Contributorsp. 271
Illustration Creditsp. 273
Indexp. 277
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