A History of Russian Architecture / Edition 1

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Overview

A History of Russian Architecture, the most comprehensive study of this subject to date, surveys the development of Russian architecture, from the masonry churches of tenth-century Kievan Rus to the prefabricated 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 this study: early medieval Rus up to the Mongol invasion in the midtwelfth century; the revival of architecture in Novgorod and Muscovy from the fourteenth to seventeenth centuries; the cultural revolution of architecture during the reigns of Peter the Great and his successors in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries; and the advent of modern architecture, ranging from the colorful eclecticism of the nineteenth century to the rigorous experiments in avant-garde design of the early twentieth century, which were followed by a return to monumental eclecticism in the Soviet period. Analyzing stylistic developments within their historical contexts, this volume serves as a rich cultural history that will be invaluable to scholars and general readers alike. Lavishly illustrated, A History of Russian Architecture includes line drawings, plans and elevations, and a full complement of photographs taken by the author.
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Editorial Reviews

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)
Library Journal
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.
Passport Moscow

This is the benchmark in its field. No other single book has the same combination of comprehensive scope, scholarly authority, readable narrative and lavish production values.

St. Vladimir's Theological Quarterly

The golden standard on the subject in the English language.

Choice

Once in a great while, a book appears that both defines a scholarly discipline and sets a research agenda for the foreseeable future. Such a book is A History of Russian Architecture.

New York Times Book Review

Lavishly illustrated, A History of Russian Architecture is a rich trove that will provide opportunities for exciting voyages of discovery and that will serve as an invaluable English-language reference.

Midwest Book Review

For anyone wishing to be knowledgeable about Russian architecture, Blumfield's text is a standard and a necessary work.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780295983936
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 664
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

William Craft Brumfield is professor of Russian studies at Tulane University. He is the author of Lost Russia and The Origins of Modernism in Russian Architecture, among other books, and a member of the Russian Academy of Architecture and Construction Sciences.View the William C. Brumfield Russian Architecture Collection online at http://depts.washington.edu/ceir/brumfield

University of Washington Press

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Table of Contents

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
Appendix I Russian Wooden Architecture 501
Appendix II Illustrated Architectural Elements 521
Notes 527
Bibliography 612
Index 633
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