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Russian art shows a great diversity of styles, subjects, and techniques. This lesson will describe some of the key movements within Russian art of the past several centuries and identify some of the major artists associated with them.
Early Russian Art
If all that comes to mind when you think of Russian art are those little nesting dolls (matryoshka dolls) and onion-domed churches, you're in for a surprise. Russian art is every bit as diverse and interesting as its counterparts around the world.
One of the greatest impacts Russian art has made on world culture developed very early. Around 988, Russia converted from a pagan religion to Christianity, and its artists soon became masters of a form known as the icon. No, this doesn't mean the little file folder pictures on your computer desktop. Religious icons are portraits of Jesus Christ, Christian saints, and other major figures. Other icons depict events like the birth of Christ or miracles performed by saints.
Icons are common in Eastern Orthodox Christianity (to which the Russian church belongs), and feature stylized portraits and flattened perspective, as you can see in a work by one of the most important Russian icon painters, Andrei Rublev (c. 1360 - c. 1430), The Trinity.
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