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Picturing Russia Explorations in Visual Culture

written by Valerie A Kivelson, Joan Neuberger

Yale University Press | ISBN 9780300164213

Paperback – 336 pages


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This wide-ranging book is the first to explore the visual culture of Russia during the entire span of Russian history, from ancient Kiev to contemporary, post-Soviet society. Illustrated with more than one hundred diverse and fascinating images, the book examines the ways that Russians have represented themselves visually, understood their visual environment, and used visual images in social and political contexts. Expert contributors discusses images and objects from all over the Russian/Soviet empire, including consumer objects, architectural monuments, religious icons, portraits, news and art photography, popular prints, films, and folk art. Each of the concise and accessible essays in the volume offers a fresh interpretation of Russian cultural history. Putting visuality itself in focus as never before, "Picturing Russia" adds an entirely new dimension to the study of Russian literature, history, art, and culture. The book enriches our understanding of visual documents, and shows the variety of ways in which they serve as far more than mere illustration.

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