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Art Criticism in Context, 1814-1909

Published by hriOnline Publications (ISBN 0-9542608-4-8)

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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 A comprehensive editorial structure places these rare and/or previously unpublished works in their cultural and historical context.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 Russian and Slavonic Studies at the University of Sheffield. This site is hosted by The Humanities Research Institute at Sheffield University.

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