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  • CONF: International Scholarly Symposium: "Gifts and Prayers: The Romanovs and Their Subjects"

    CONF: International Scholarly Symposium: “Gifts and Prayers: The Romanovs and Their Subjects”
    Saturday, September 24, 2016, 8AM – 5PM

    Speakers from Europe and the United States will discuss the history of collecting Russian art in America. In addition, papers will be devoted to individual works of art featured in the exhibition of the same name. The presentations will include reports on the conservation and restoration of the objects of art as well as detailed findings of a scientific multispectral imaging of a hitherto unknown painting by Aleksei G. Venetsianov (1780–1847), one of Russia’s most significant 19th-century artists. Sponsored by the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts and C.V. Nalley III.

    This symposium is free and open to the public. All sessions will take place at the Georgia Museum of Art, 90 Carlton Street, Athens, GA 30602, unless otherwise indicated.

    Schedule
    Friday, September 23, 2016
    4 – 5 PM Tour of the exhibition “Gifts and Prayers: The Romanovs and Their Subjects”

    5:30 PM Keynote Lecture: Mrs. Suzanne Massie 
The 2016 Shouky Shaheen Distinguished Lecturer in the Arts
Room S150, Lamar Dodd School of Art

    Saturday, September 24, 2016

    8 – 8:30 AM Coffee & pastries

    8:30 – 8:45 AM Opening remarks, Dr. William Underwood Eiland, director, Georgia Museum of Art

    8:45 – 9:30 AM Introductory lecture, Edward Kasinec, Columbia University, “Riddles of the De Basily Collections at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University”

    Session One: Russian Icons: Sales and Collections, moderated by Anna Winestein, St. Catherine’s College, Oxford University & Ballets Russes Arts Initiative, Boston

    9:30 –11:00 AM Elena Osokina, University of South Carolina, “To Sell Icons: Soviet Industrialization and the Founding of the World Market in Russian Religious Art”

    Wendy Salmond, Chapman University, “Russian Icons in American Museums”

    11 – 11:30 AM Coffee break

    11:30 a.m. – 12:15 PM Yuri Pyatnitsky, State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, “The Tsars of Russia and the Holy Mountain Athos”
    12:30 – 2 p.m. Lunch and gallery tour

    Session Two: Russian Paintings in the West, moderated by Vladimir von Tsurikov, director of the Museum of Russian Art, Minneapolis, Minnesota

    2 – 3:30 PM Anna Winestein, St. Catherine’s College, Oxford University & Ballets Russes Arts Initiative, Boston, “Across the Chasm of Foreignness, Across the Chasm of Time: 19th-Century Russian Art in the West Before and After 1917”

    Erich Uffelman, Washington and Lee University, “The Scientific Imaging of the ‘Portrait of a Youth’ Featured in the Exhibition ‘Gifts and Prayers: The Romanovs and Their Subjects’” (The paper will be delivered jointly with Dr. Uffelman’s research assistant Ms. Mallory Abramson)

    3 – 3:30 PM Coffee break

    4 –4:45 PM Asen Kirin, University of Georgia, “Angels on Earth: Portraits and Icons in Russian Art and Literature During the Early 19th Century”

    5 – 5:30 PM Discussion and Adjournment