From Paris to St Petersburg: How the fine arts travelled to Russia in the 18th century
11 April 2021
Until the beginning of the eighteenth century, Russia was a country of icons and folk art which looked decidedly towards Asia. All that changed when Peter the Great became the first Russian Tsar to travel abroad, commissioning the first state portrait in a Western style. He went on to found St. Petersburg in 1703 as his "window on Europe", and opened the floodgates to foreign architects, artists and craftsmen. This illustrated lecture focuses on his achievement, and on how Anna, Elizabeth and Catherine, the three great empresses of the eighteenth century, brought Western painting, sculpture, ballet and opera to St. Petersburg.
Dr Rosamund Bartlett, Cultural Historian www.rosamundbartlett.com
Members and Students £4
Dr Rosamund Bartlett, Cultural Historian