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Visual Representations of the Russian Monarchy in G.A. Stroganov’s Graphic Collections

  • Natalia Goncharova
  • Irina Poplavskaya
  • Irina NovitskayaEmail author
  • Victoria Vorobeva
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Networks and Systems book series (LNNS, volume 131)

Abstract

The paper explores images and myths related to visual perception of Russian monarchs Elizabeth Petrovna and Alexander I. The engravings and artbooks, along with the works by writers, preachers and philosophers, contributed much to the massive assimilation of new reality and formation of public opinion. Visual representations analysed in this paper belong to the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century graphic collections from a well-stocked private library of a Russian aristocrat and diplomat Count G.A. Stroganov. Among them is a description of Elizabeth Petrovna’s coronation, a collection of portraits of Emperor Alexander I and his Companions in 1812, 1813, 1814 and 1815, and a collection of engraved portraits of heroes of the Patriotic War 1812 by Francesco Vendramini. The analysis has shown that the graphic collections use mythological images for political purposes and greatly draw on the Bible’s plots and eschatological motifs. The results of the research can be used in philological, art and pedagogical practices for further reconstruction of events and myths of Russian history of the 18th–19th centuries.

Keywords

Russia Monarchy Graphic collections Private library Count Grigory Stroganov 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Tomsk State UniversityTomskRussian Federation
  2. 2.Tomsk Polytechnic UniversityTomskRussian Federation

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