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History of Art (3) - Russian Illuminated Manuscripts

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It is the aim of the study to reveal an almost unknown world of art concealed within the heavy bindings of Russian medieval manuscripts. Most of these luxurious books were created for churches or monasteries, and the few that were made for lay patrons were usually commissioned for motives of piety; all, therefore, contain texts of Christian content.
The Russian princes accepted Christianity as the religion of their State in the tenth century as a result of a period of intense missionary activities on the part of the Byzantine Church of Constantinopole. (Vladimir, prince of Kiev, is traditionally said to have accepted Orthodox baptism in 988). Since Christianity was brought to Russia from Byzantium, the Russian Church followed the Byzantine model, and this influence is at its clearest in the forms of its liturgy and the development of its art.
Any study of early Russian culture therefore entails comparison with Byzantine forms of expression, and the recognition of subtle differences, …

Albume de Artă- (1) "Tezaure de aur din România"

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History of Art(1)- Russian Popular Creation

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This art album acquaints the reader with a small part of Russian popular creations. The Russian forests, stretching along great expanses of the country, have served man since ancient times: they have given him shelter and food, defended him from enemies; everything necessary was made of wood. Being so closely affiliated with the forest, man has learned to make artistic things of wood with great skill.
Beautiful specimens of architectural craftmanship have been well preserved in the North of Russia. Among forests and ravines, on hills and highlands, on the banks of rivers and lakes stand wooden churches. Some of them- quite small ones - are village chapels; only a tiny dome distingueshes them from an ordinary "izba" (a peasant's cottage). Others, like fantastic giants, tower above the trees and their slender, graceful silhouettes stand out against the luminous sky.
Russian wooden resurrected at present by the careful hands of restorers, has opened up for us a page in the…