“Let us admit, that many people live automatically, and act under their own steam. While they don’t know themselves and don’t understand others. Down with functioning in society! Down with functioning in private relationships. Down with being robots! It is better to stand still than to act unconsciously and not knowing why.
“What can be more tragic than to feel the boundlessness of the surrounding beauty and to be able to see in it its underlying mystery… and yet to be aware of your own inability to express these large feelings” ~ Isaak Levitan
The collection of the State Hermitage includes more than three million works of art and artefacts of the world culture. Among them are paintings, graphic works, sculptures and works of applied art, archaeological finds and numismatic material.
One of the largest and oldest museums in the world, Hermitage in St.Petersburg, is hosting an exhibition of one of the best-known American portrait photographers, Annie Leibovitz, this summer. “Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer’s Life 1990–2005” is on view through Sept. 21 at the State Hermitage Museum.
Sergei’s art is a strange combination of high aestheticism and folk “roots”, modernistic extravaganza and dadaistic fragility, symbolic bottomlessness and Russian past print metaphysics, artistic refinement and graphic roughness. But even all of those put together do not make his art unprofessional or eclectic. Rather, it transmits giant spiritual experience and marks the beginning of the sacred, mysterious, the beginning of all beginnings.
Russian and later Soviet cinema was a hotbed of invention in the period immediately following the 1917, resulting in world-renown films such as The Battleship Potemkin by Sergei Eisenstein.
1840 bearing a penny black stamp. He probably created and posted the card to himself as a practical joke on the postal service, since the image is a caricature of workers in the post office.The first commercially produced card was created in 1861 by John P. Charlton of Philadelphia, who patented a postal card, selling…
The role of images in the Russian Orthodox Church. The first thing that surprises you when entering an Orthodox church is its unusual interiors. Strangely, it is not so much the lack of chairs and other familiar objects of public convenience, but a given direction of the space, its nonequivalence, that immediately draws us into…