Volume 1



On akademism.



picture Г. Семирадский.
Танец среди мечей.
1881 г.

picture Леонард Нифф.
Вид дворца Hampton court
с высоты птичьего полета. Англия, начало XVIII века.

picture Антон Ястржебский.
Пейзаж с красным домом. 1920-е гг.

picture Икона "Святитель Николай
в житиях". Конец XVI века.

picture Ваза "Весталки".
Предмет из Гурьевского сервиза. 1810 г.




Tatiana Karpova. Henrick Serniradsky

The life story of the "Last Classic" in Russian art. The narrative is rooted in the context of contemporary controversy about the art as public affair and the art seen as sublime object. This is the first attempt of a monographical article about the outstanding master of the Academic school.

Filip Chirko. The Pre-Reform Acaderny of Fine Arts.

Excerpts from the diaries of Chirko, a painter who studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in 1879-1891. The diaries provide a unique inight into the mores and customs of the Academy alongside the portraits of contemporary professors. The diary was discovered in the archives of the Chernigiv Museum of Fine Arts and prepared for publication by Tatiana Gesnashansky.

The Imperial Academy of Fine Arts Through the Portraits of Its Presidents l756- 1917).

Portraits of the most notable Presidents of the Imperial Academy of Fine Arts, from its founder I. I. Shuvalov to the famous enlightener I. I. Betskoi, the benefactor and collector of arts A. S. Stroganov, the outstanding archivists A. I. Musin-Pushkin and A. N. Olenin, Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna and Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich.

Varvara Rakina. Algelbra & harmony.

Some Preliminary Notes on the Technical and Technological Peculiarities of the Russian Academic School of Fine Arts. The essay argues that the Russian Academic School lacked technical mastery because of the lack of traditional guild instruction.

Elena Gordon. The Academism As Unclear Object of Desire.

The panaromaic view of European academism, its particularities grown from the Russian soil. The article uncovers thesecret of aesthetical charm of Academic arts and its vulnerabilities.

Candace Clements. The Academs and the Other: Les Graces S Le Genre Galant.

Investigates the particularities of studies in female nudity and the role of mythical sujets in the French fine arts of the eighteenth century. Involves paintings, drawings, and theoretical treatises.

Ekaterina Andreeva. The Leningrad's Neo-Academism.

An analysis of artistic practices of the New Academe led by Timur Novikov. Andreeva argues the purely St. Petersburg's nature of the phenomenon which grew from the local artistic landscape and provides a review of critical perspectives.

Alexandra Danilova. Everything That Shines Is Gold.

The first attempt in Russian art criticism to employ the notion of "camp", (a term of Susan Sonntag), or the art of the taste that emerges in liminal spaces of culture.

The sales of Russian Academic art since 1975.

Irina Popova. Decorative Vases of the Gurtev Service Manufactured al the Imperial Porcelain Factory After the Models by Sergei Pimenov. The archival research allows to determine the exact compotured bases created between 1809 and 1816 for the Guriev service.

Svetlana Rimsky-Korsakov. The History of Famou,s Fallacy: The Kulikovo Battle Painting
The story of misattribution of the picture long since considered the first historical painting in Russian art. The canvas once ascribed to A. Matveev and I. Nikitin proved in fact to be creation of the late seventeenth century German artist.

Aneta Bas. The Lost Version of an Academic Program.
The contested attribution of The Death of Hector, a canvas fromthe Samara Museum of Fine Arts. The author argues he favor of Alexander Wittberg best known for his abortive project of Christ The Savior cathedral a top the Vorobiov hills in Moscow.

Alexander Ivanitsky. About the Meaning of Academism in General and the Russian Academism in Particular.
The civilization of St. Petersburg nobility created by Peter the Great as an artifact of Academism.

The Academics in Private Collections.
Selection of the most important masterpieces at the Russian art market (december 96 — january 97).

Igor Kibitzer. The Gollectible Autos at the Christie's rara car.

Recent (1995 -1996) sales of rare cars.

Rifat Gafiffulin. The Garage of Nickolas II.

The first venture into the history of car collecting by the last
Russian Emperor. Uses the archives of the Imperial Household Ministry.

The Corporate Collections.

Between the Private and the Public. The roundtable discussion by major experts of the experiences in art collecting by corporate agencies during the last six years.

Reports about the significant exhibitions of old and modern art in Russia and abroad (December 1996—JaI ace 1997).

Opinions concerning the most recent art fairs.

The analysis of sales results at the arts auctions of the old.

European masters and Russian art (London. December 96).

The anouncements of forthcoming art fairs (March 1996)

Chronicles of a journey

Sofia Pokrovskaia. London

The journal devoted to the arts curiousities of British capital.

The Criminal Chronicles


Major artifacts considered stolen as of january 1997.


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