The Russian Canvas:Painting in Imperial Russia, 1757-1881 Rosalind P. Blakesley
The Russian Canvas charts the remarkable rise of Russian painting in the 18th and 19th centuries, and the nature of its relationship with other European schools. Starting with the foundation of the Imperial Academy of the Arts in 1757 and culminating with the assassination of Tsar Alexander II in 1881, it details the professionalization and wide-ranging activities of painters against a backdrop of dramatic social and political change. The Imperial Academy formalized artistic training but later became a foil for dissent, as successive generations of painters negotiated their own positions between pan-European engagement and local and national identities. Drawing on original archival research, this groundbreaking book recontextualizes the work of major artists, revives the reputations of others, and explores the complex developments that took Russian painters from provincial anonymity to international acclaim.
The dreary aspects of Soviet housing and one family´s attempt to ´´exchange´´ its tiny Moscow apartment for a larger one. Adapted from a novella by the respected Russian writer Yuri Trifanov, as translated by playwright Michael Frayn. An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring: Ian Abercrombie as Viktor´s Father Rosalind Ayres as Lena Sharon Bamber as Aunt Ahenya Joyce Blair as Viktor´s Mother Barbara Bosson as Lora Peter A. Jacobs as Kalugin and Felix Martin Jarvis as Viktor Zosukuma Kunene as Alik Anna Sophie Loewenberg as Natashka Vonetta McGee as Tanya Marian Mercer as Lena´s Mother Robin Nordli as Factory Director and Funeral Orator William Palmieri as Snitkin and others John Randolph as Viktor´s Grandfather Melissa Smigley as Marina, and Girl Next Door Malachi Throne as Lena´s Father Translated and adapted by Michael Frayn. Directed by Robert Robinson. Recorded before a live audience in Santa Monica, CA in April, 1992. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ian Abercrombie, Rosalind Ayres, Sharon Bamber, Joyce Blair, Barbara Bosson, Martin Jarvis, Zosukuma Kunene. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pf/latw/000322/pf_latw_000322_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Betrayed in a foreign land, one woman desperately attempts to return home in the sequel to Autumn Rain. Never thought to be particularly pretty, Englishwoman Katherine Winsteady is flattered and overwhelmed by the attentions of the Russian Count Alexei Volsky and his sister Galena. When the Count proposes marriage, Kate thinks her dreams have come true, and readily accepts. Isolated in the Count’s frozen Russian estate, Kate quickly learns she is pregnant with the Count’s child. The celebration is short lived as Kate discovers with horror her part in an elaborate plot for an heir, and the true relationship between the Count and his sister. Driven to flee in the Russian winter, Kate turns to the rakish Viscount Townsend, a family friend who has been hiding in Russia while contemplating his return to England. After bearing such a dark betrayal, will Kate’s heart ever feel warmth again? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Rosalind Ashford. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/019465/bk_adbl_019465_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.