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Ezernitskaya A.B. - “Procession in St. Mark's Square” and “Miracle of the Cross at the Bridge of S. Lorenzo” by Gentile Bellini: the experience of conceptual interpretation pp. 8-23

DOI:
10.7256/2409-8744.2017.1.21954

Abstract: The narrative depiction cycles of the Renaissance, similar to the archive documents, manifest as the distinct primary sources and contain the important information, which allows revealing the essence of well-known work more extensively. The subject of this research is the two canvases by Gentile Bellini “Procession in St. Mark's Square” (1496) and “Miracle of the Cross at the Bridge of S. Lorenzo” (1500) painted by the request of Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista in Venice. Based on the studied archive documents, the author attempts concretizing the maximal amount of historical characters – participants of the portrayed by Bellini events. Mostly using the iconological analysis, the author clarifies the essence and reveal the inner meaning of the oeuvre. For the first time the well-known works of Bellini are examined in parallel with the primary sources texts. The article analyses not just the depictive features of the compositions, but rather their historical information content, considering the Venetian realities and underlining the details that were important to Gentile Bellini as the signs of the era. Among the portrayed on both canvases, were identified the representatives of the Compagnie della Calza – important and intrinsic members of the cultural life of the Republic of Venice of the XV-XVI centuries.
Shokolo I.N. - Typical and individual in portraits of the clergy by Boris Kustodiev pp. 93-105

DOI:
10.7256/2409-8744.2016.5.20479

Abstract:  This article is devoted to the insufficiently studied aspect of the creative work of Boris Kustodiev – the portraits of Russian clergy. The examined in complex composition, capture the period from 1901 through 1920: from the female portrait created during the school years in the Imperial Academy of Arts, custom ordered works and sketches, until the two sheets from the late water-color series “The Russian types”. The author suggests the application of the categories of “individual” and “typical” for the analysis of artistic images of priests and monks created by maestro. The paintings are presented in chronological order of their creation. The author carries out the stylistic and compositional assessment, which allows tracing the development and use of the coloristic and decorative principles as the main means of artistic expression within the traditions of the Russian realistic school. The scientific novelty marks the path of formation and perception by the artist of a clerical image from the individual characteristic of the model towards the generalized and important. In conclusion, the author defines the theme of the portrait of clergy in Kustodiev’s creative work as an intrinsic part of his outlook upon the “Russian” and the “national”.
Odinokova P.S. - Synthesis of painting, literature, and calligraphy in the album leafs of Shitao pp. 139-173

DOI:
10.7256/2409-8744.2016.1.18060

Abstract: The subject of this research is the album leafs of Shitao. Album format is one of the ways of mounting the oeuvres of the traditional Chinese painting that established and consolidated quite late, in the era of Song dynasty. On the brink of Ming and Qing dynasties landscape albums with poetic titles-topics gained popularity. Shitao combined in himself not only the talents of painter, but also calligrapher and poet. He left an outstanding creative heritage, the significant portion of which comprise the works of album format. This article conducts the historical-culturological analysis of Shitao’s album leafs that can be referred to as his earliest creative period. The author makes the conclusion that the synthesis of painting, calligraphy, and literature in these oeuvres is carried out on several levels: the techniques of brushing and ink, plasticity of forms, and compositional structure. This article presents a broader and more detailed experience of Shitao’s all-encompassing creative work on the example of album leafs.
Skorobogacheva E.A. - Russian North in Viktor Vasnetsov's and Other Artists' Art Work pp. 153-196

DOI:
10.7256/2306-1618.2013.2.576

Abstract: The purpose of the article is to define the role and meaning of images and art of the Russian North in continuing traditions of Russian national culture. The author of the article bases her research on the art work created by Viktor Vasnetsov and other artists of his circle. The author analyzes art work by Viktor Vasnetsov, Apollinary Vasnetsov, Konstantin Korovin, Mikhail Vrubel, Elena Polenova, Milyutin and some other artists. Images of the Russian North are especially important in Vasnetsov's art work. State by stage the author of the article describes how Vasnetsov's world view had been developing through his childhood, youth and maturity. The author also analyzes how the images of the North were expressed in Vasnetsov's painting, graphics, architectural projects and hand crafits (furniture). At the end of the article the author makes the following conclusions: 1. Viktor Vasnetsov and other artists he communicated with tried to understand the essence and nature of people's life. For this purpose they learnt and enriched images of the North. 2. Viktor Vasnetsov's art work presents a typical example of how the Russian North influenced the art work style. 3. The Northern land taught them a new artistic language which proves a peculiar role of the Russian North in revival of Russian national roots in art and culture at the turn of the XIX - XX centuries. 
Limanskaya L.Yu. - South Ukrainian Painting In the Second Half of the Twentieth Century: Between Nonconformism and Transavantgarde pp. 177-196
Abstract: In the post-revolutionary period avant-garde culture in Odessa was supported by Ukrainian artist M. Boychuk, the follower of D.Rivera and Siqueiros. He and his students were invited to teach at Odessa in Polytechnic Institute of Arts. The main goals of the M.Boychuk’s monumental painting were addressed to the general public. Despite ideological pressing in the USSR art life after the Second World War, the followers of the classical avant-garde arts, Theophilus Fraerman, Michael Zuk, Nicholas Shelyutto continue to work and teach art in Odessa. They created a productive creative environment by teaching their students the taste for philosophical and aesthetic discussions about the language of avant-garde. Traditions of the early avant-garde were then reviewed by their followers, the leaders of nonconformism in the 50 - 60's O. Sokolov and E. Egorov who create a new approach to art. 
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