Imperial St. Petersburg: Architectural Visions
Russian Museum of Art

April 16, 2011 – September 11, 2011

Academy of Arts with the Neva River (1979). Photo © William C. Brumfield

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The Museum of Russian Art presents a photographic tour of major palaces and administrative buildings in St. Petersburg, the city that served as the capital of Imperial Russia from 1712 to 1917. All images on view are by Professor William C. Brumfield.

This exceptional collection of black and white photographs introduces American viewers to the grace, power and scale of buildings created during the Romanov dynasty over a period of two centuries. Over 30 stunning photos taken by Dr. William C. Brumfield, professor of Slavic Studies at Tulane University, will be displayed. These images emphasize the classical style and incredible intricacies of stone buildings representing the grandeur of the Imperial capital of 18th and 19th century Russia. The exhibition will also provide visitors with an intriguing connection to TMORA’s concurrent exhibition “Dinner with the Tsars: Russian Imperial Porcelain”; a display of items used at various St. Petersburg palaces between 1743 and 1917.

Traveling to Russia regularly over the past several decades, Professor William Brumfield is an accomplished photographer and historian of Russian architecture. He is the author of A History of Russian Architecture, considered one of the definitive publications on the subject.

Source and Copyright: The Museum of Russian Art
12 July, 2011