Organized by:
Basile Baudez (Princeton University)
Catherine Phillips (European University at St. Petersburg)
Ekaterina Pravilova (Princeton University)

“Russia is a European country,” declared Catherine the Great, an avid and passionate collector of Western art. An essential part of Europeanization project, in the decades following the foundation of first public galleries and private collections in Russia, art collecting evolved into a new sphere of state policy and artistic entrepreneurship. The series of lectures “Collecting Art in Russia” explores the ideologies and practices of acquiring, classifying and displaying art, with a special emphasis on artistic and architectural drawings. The lectures will address the role of art collecting in shaping Russian national art as well as Russia’s place on the European cultural landscape. We also hope to analyze the use of art collections in shaping cultural ideologies and the practices of consumption, the development of artistic education and cultural upbringing in Russia from the 18th century to the early 20th century.

Click on each of the links below to get more details and view the recording of the event.

How to be a European: Collecting Drawings in Imperial Russia
Sep 24, 2020
The Yusupovs in Paris: Building a Collection
Oct 22, 2020
From Rudolf II to Catherine II: Goltzius’ Without Bacchus and Ceres, Venus is Chilled and its Iconography
Nov 12, 2020
The Hermitage or a “museum” in 1770 according to Catherine the Great
Feb 18, 2021
Power and Paint: The Patronage of Women Artists at the Court of Catherine II
Mar 18, 2021
A Tale of Two Collections: The Icons of Nikolai Likhachev and Ilya Ostroukhov
Apr 8, 2021
Rembrandt in Russia in the 19th Century: Prints and their Collectors
Apr 22, 2021
We Are on a Mission, Not in Exile: Studying Polish, Russian and Ukrainian Diasporas in the Bakhmeteff Archive
Oct 27, 2022
Zelensky Effect
Oct 6, 2023