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Russian Visual Arts: Art Criticism in Context, 1814-1909 is an online research archive
documenting the growth of diverse forms of commentary on the visual arts (particularly painting) in
Russia from the early ninteenth- to early twentieth centuries.
The archive contains over 100 hundred primary texts, in Russian and in many cases in new English
translations, as well as over 300 digital images of journal and newspaper reproductions of works of art.
A comprehensive editorial structure places these rare and/or previously unpublished works in their
cultural and historical context. This editorial work includes introductions to the critics and the
texts, new annotations to the translations, a glossary, a timeline of the development of art criticism,
and an extensive bibliographical database.
Russian Visual Arts: Art Criticism in Context, 1814-1909
grew from a three-year project called Russian Visual Arts: Documents
from the British Library Collection, which was funded between
2000-2003 by an Arts
and Humanities Research Board (now the Arts and Humanities Research Council) major research
award. The project
was established jointly by the Department
of Russian at the University of Exeter and the Department of
and Slavonic Studies at the University of Sheffield. This site
is hosted by The
Humanities Research Institute at Sheffield University.