A History of Russian Architecture

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The most comprehensive study of this subject to date, A History of Russian Architecture surveys Russian building from the masonry churches of tenth-century Kievan Rus to the pre-fabricated built environments of the present. Subject to cultural and stylistic influences from both East and West, Russian architecture nonetheless developed its own distinctive approaches to building, as demonstrated in the four parts of the study: early medieval Rus up to the Mongol invasion in the mid-twelfth century; the revival of ...

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Overview

The most comprehensive study of this subject to date, A History of Russian Architecture surveys Russian building from the masonry churches of tenth-century Kievan Rus to the pre-fabricated built environments of the present. Subject to cultural and stylistic influences from both East and West, Russian architecture nonetheless developed its own distinctive approaches to building, as demonstrated in the four parts of the study: early medieval Rus up to the Mongol invasion in the mid-twelfth century; the revival of architecture in Novgorod and Muscovy from the fourteenth to seventeenth centuries; the cultural revolution in architecture in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries; and the advent of modern architecture. Analysing stylistic developments within their historical contexts, this volume serves as a rich cultural history that will be invaluable to scholars and general readers alike.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Sweeping from masonry churches of Kievan Rus to the prefabricated, industrialized buildings of the post-Stalinist era, this detailed, magnificently illustrated history firmly places Russian architecture in a cultural context. Brumfield, a professor of Slavic languages at Tulane University, traces an ``architecture of national survival'' from late medieval votive churches, which reflected a succession of czars' suspicion of Western culture, through Peter the Great's pragmatic adaptation of northern baroque, to 1930s totalitarian pseudoclassicism. He examines Russia's creative assimilation of foreign influences into distinctive forms, whether in neoclassical palaces, festive polychrome churches with gilded onion domes, log houses, the eclectic ``style moderne'' of Moscow's Hotel Metropole or the international modernism of 1920s constructivists. This welcome survey is an expanded revision of Gold in Azure: One Thousand Years of Russian Architecture , published by Godine in 1983. (July)
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The first edition of this important survey from 1993 drew heavily from Brumfield's previous titles, Gold in Azure: One Thousand Years of Russian Architecture (1983) and The Origins of Modernism in Russian Architecture (1991). Regardless of precedents, it remains the definitive single-volume overview in English on Russian architecture, from early medieval Rus to the largely nondescript post-Stalinist complexes of the last century. There's a lot of book here-a lucid and comprehensive text, nearly 700 illustrations, 80 color plates, 100 pages of footnotes, and appendixes on wooden forms and unique architectural elements. New to this edition are a two-page prolog, a 14-page black-and-white photographic essay, and a handful of improved color plates. Brumfield supplied the line drawings, building plans, elevations, and photos. Illustrations and photos are even more sharply contrasted on heavy white paper. The bibliography is not updated. If your library missed or passed on the 1993 edition, this one is highly recommended.-Russell T. Clement, Northwestern Univ., Evanston, IL Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521597241
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 7/13/1997
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 656
  • Product dimensions: 8.46 (w) x 10.98 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue to the 2004 edition
Acknowledgments
Author's note
Introduction 1
Pt. I Early medieval architecture
1 Kiev and Chernigov 9
2 Novgorod and Pskov : eleventh to thirteenth centuries 26
3 Vladimir and Suzdal before the Mongol invasion 43
4 The revival of architecture in Novgorod and Pskov 64
Pt. II The Muscovite period
5 Moscow : architectural beginnings 83
6 The ascent of architecture in Muscovy 107
7 The seventeenth century : from ornamentalism to the new age 141
Pt. III The turn to western forms
8 The foundations of the Baroque in Saint Petersburg 201
9 The late Baroque in Russia : the age of Rastrelli 228
10 Neoclassicism in Petersburg : the age of Catherine the great 261
11 Eighteenth-century neoclassicism in Moscow and the provinces 303
12 The early nineteenth century : Alexandrine neoclassicism 348
Pt. IV The formation of modern Russian architecture
13 Nineteenth-century historicism and eclecticism 393
14 Modernism during the early twentieth century 425
15 Revolution and reaction in Soviet architecture 467
App. I Russian wooden architecture 501
App. II Illustrated architectural elements 521
Notes 527
Bibliography 612
Index 633
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