On January 9th, art historian Wendy Salmond presented an online lecture titled “The Old Russian Style and the Arts of Nostalgia.” This presentation was part of the Russian History Museum’s Second Saturday lecture series.
In the closing decades of the Russian Empire nostalgia for an imagined national past consumed Russia’s educated classes. Armed with scholarly publications and original artifacts, architects and designers developed an indispensable vocabulary of onion domes and boyars, manuscript illuminations and kokoshniki with which to conjure “Old Russia” for modern people. Throughout this presentation, Wendy Salmond explores the making and meanings of the “Old Russian Style” through a virtual tour of the Russian History Museum’s rich holdings, from luxury albums and costly icons to souvenir spoons and children’s books.
This program is funded in part by a Humanities New York CARES Grant with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the federal CARES Act.