Prof. Anatole Tchikine gives a lecture on the Renaissance in Russia at the National Gallery in Dublin, February 2012

On Saturday, 25 February 2012 at 1 p.m., Professor Anatole Tchikine will give a lecture in Dublin at the National Gallery of Ireland - Lecture Theatre, titled Russia and the Renaissance: History, Artistic Tradition, and Cultural Identity

This lecture explores the adaptation of Renaissance ideas and forms in Russian art and architecture of the 15th and 16th centuries, stressing their role as a means of dynastic and political propaganda. By contrast with this eclectic and superficial style, the works of Andrei Rublev and his contemporaries appear to be the products of a native artistic tradition, stifled by the growth of Western influences and the increasing secularisation of art.