As part of CamRuSS Russian History & Arts lecture series, next week in Cambridge you may attend the second talk “The birth of secular art in Russia. From Peter the Great to the Wanderers” by Dr Natalia Murray.

Godfrey Kneller, Peter the Great, Tsar of Russia (1672-1725), 1698

Art, in Western understanding of this word, came to Russia late, for the first major achievements in secular Russian art and architecture date from the early 18th century. The writer Nestor Kukolnik summed up the state of Russian art in his article of 1846: “In our fatherland painting has had no past.” This lecture will examine the delayed Renaissance which occurred in Russia during the reign of Peter the Great (1682-1725). It will also discuss foundation of the Imperial Academy of Fine Arts and its role in artistic production until 1860s.

You can pre-book your tickets by following this link.

Dr Natalia Murray, MA (Academy of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg), PhD (Courtauld Institute of Art) is a visiting lecturer at the Courtauld Institute of Art and a senior curator. In 2017 she curated a major exhibition Revolution. Russian Art. 1917-1932 at the Royal Academy of Arts in London and is currently working on several exhibition projects in Moscow and Paris. Her books and articles extend across the wide field of 19-20th century Russian and European art, and she has featured in films dedicated to the Hermitage museum and the Russian revolution and in programmes for BBC Radio 4 and the BBC World Service.