Moscow: Sev Pal, 2019. sewn cl. In this volume of the multi-volume history of Russian art undertaken by the Institute of Art History (Moscow) — the first such undertaking in two generations — a team of eight authors headed by Engelina Smirnova, the eminent historian of icon-painting, describes and interprets art and architectural history during the first century after the Tartar invasion. The art of medieval Russia has left enough evidence to affirm several peaks of technical and aesthetic achievement: painting (icons, ms. illuminations, frescoes), church architecture, and applied art (e.g, metalwork, embroidery). This massive volume — over 700 pages, 9 x 12 trim size, 900 illustrations — presents each of these spheres of artistic creation with thorough documentation and prolific illustrations. In her introduction Smirnova reviews the historiography pointing out how new material on the period such as archeological studies of medieval cities, restoration of frescoes, freeing icons from later overpaintings and restoring them, clarifying attributions of manuscript miniatures, permits a reappraisal of the art of the second half of the 1200s and first half of the 1300s, a significantly different periodization of art history. Authors identify parallels and influences with the art of the period not only in Byzantium, but also in Western Europe, an aspect of Russian art history understudied in the past. They point out literary sources of artistic imagery such as chronicles, saints' lives, and records of pilgrimages. 719 pp., 31 cm, approx. 900 color and b/w illus., Rus. Item #3794
ISBN (SET): 9785982870476.