Art of the Romanov Dynasty
Part 3: 1796 - 1881


This is a four-part lecture on the art of the Romanov Dynasty. To tell this story I am using artwork created during the time of each Romanov tsar and artwork painted years after their deaths. Starting in 1862 Russian artists began drawing on the rich folklore and historical events of their country’s past. By placing these historical paintings into this story their artwork now has context and brings to life the Romanov Dynasty.

The first 100 years of the Romanov Dynasty was a period of barbarianism as Russia struggled through the Middle Ages for hundreds of years longer than Europe. The next hundred years is a time of westernization for Russia as the foundation is put in place for the future of Russian art. In Part 3 we see how Russian artists are able to flourish and for the first time compete amongst their European contemporaries. 


People and Artwork Discussed in the Video and the Book include:

Paul I 
Paul I (1754-1801)
Alexei Orlov (1737–1808)
Natalia Alexeievna (1755-1776)
Maria Feodorovna (1759-1828)
Alexander (1777-1825)
Holy Family with St. Elizabeth and John the Baptist (1777) by Pompeo Batoni (1708-1787) 
Alexander Suvorov (1729-1800)
Alexandre Benois (1870-1960), Military Parade of Emperor Paul in Front of Mikhailovsky Castle (1907)
Vasily Surikov (1848-1916) – Russian Troops under Generalissimo Suvorov crossing the Alps in 1799 (1899)
Vasily Vasilyev (b.1757) 


About the Author
Cathy Locke is an award-winning fine art painter, professor, published writer and lecturer. She is the editor-in-chief of and specializes in Russian and European art.

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