Magnificence of the Romanovs

The Romanov Tsars of Russia were central to a Magnificence in Russian Decorative Arts – from Peter the Great to the House of Fabergé. How was Russian design influenced by the style-makers of Europe, and what was the role of great monarchs such as Catherine the Great & revolutionaries like the Bolsheviks on the arts? We source material from The Met, NY; the Queen’s Gallery, London; and, of course, the Hermitage in St Petersburg.


COURSE OUTLINE

  • The Great Russian Collectors – Peter the Great and Catherine the Great and their Influence on the Russian Arts: The reign of Peter the Great (1682 – 1721) and later, that of Catherine the Great (1762-1796) brought different influences to the Russian decorative arts. Peter the Great travelled to the Netherlands to learn ship-building & clock-making, returning to set up a Kunstkamera of mainly natural history collecting but also funded for Russian artists to travel to Europe. Catherine the Great also encouraged the arts, using it to establish Russian cultural status in Europe, with the elegance and beauty of the Winter Palace, collecting porcelain, silver, jewels, furniture and tapestries
  • House of Fabergé (1842 – 1918) - Opulence and Beauty: The House of Fabergé (1842 – 1918) produced iconic items from jewellery to the renown imperial Easter Eggs associated with the last two tsars of Russia. These decorative objects are beyond beauty with incredible craftsmanship and stories closely associated with Tsar Nicholas II and his consort Alexandra Feodorovna, The custom of presenting the Easter Eggs commenced with his father, Alexander III, in 1885, and Nicholas II presented both his mother and his wife an Easter egg each year from 1895 to 1916. This lecture will look at many items from the House of Fabergé, and where to view them today.
  • Early 20th Century – Art Nouveau to Russian Revival: Up until the Revolution in 1917, Russia joined the design style of Europe with Art Nouveau influencing architecture, glass, porcelain and other crafts. Following the revolution, many valuable items from the St Petersburg aristocrats were brought into collections such as the Hermitage. In the 1920s, items from the Shuvalov, Stroganov, Yusupov, Sheremetev and other palaces also joined the collections, giving us many wonderful items to view from the twentieth century collections. During this time Russian folk & propaganda images were often used as a decorative theme, on porcelain and in other decorative arts.


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Develop an understanding the Russian Imperial patronage of the Decorative Arts.
  2. Engage with the social & historical influences on the Russian arts within the period.
  3. Recognise the names of a number of Russian artisans and their purpose behind creating the magnificent artistic objects.
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