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In Solntsev's Footsteps: Adrian Prakhov And The Representation Of Kievan Rus

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Fedor Solntsev, a pioneering preservationist, spent his life drawing the antiquities and ethnic dress of the peoples of the Russian Empire. In his illustrations and designs Solntsev selectively incorporated and often combined his interpretations of Byzantine, Rus, and Muscovite motifs in an effort to formulate a coherent style that would reflect Russian national identity. The Rus elements referenced the eleventh- through thirteenth-century churches of Kiev, Vladimir-Suzdal, and Novgorod, as well as the fifteenth- and earlysixteenth- century churches of Moscow inspired by pre-Mongol Rus monuments. Rus, a vast. A successor to Solntsev, in the 1880s and 1890s with imperial patronage, Adrian Prakhov completed two monumental commissions in Kiev, the restoration of St. Cyrils and the decoration of the newly erected Cathedral of St. Vladimir.

Keywords: Fedor Solntsev; Footsteps: Adrian Prakhov; Kievan Rus; St. Cyril



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