The Art Of Russia (3×60′) – Art historian Andrew Graham-Dixon unlocks the world of Russian art and finds out what makes it unique. Episode one celebrates the great age of the icon, when Russia was at its most intense and inward looking. Travelling to the northern wastes, Andrew discovers the country’s most moving icons, the little known folk “Lubock” art, antique Russia of the countryside, and Peter The Great’s artistic revolution.
Episode two moves into the city and relives the glory days of the Russian high baroque and assesses the influence of “the Wanderers” – an extraordinary group of artists comparable to the Impressionists.
The final episode spans the tumultuous period of 20th century Russia, from the Revolution of 1917 to the present day with the tension between the new Russian investment in art and the strict doctrine of the Putin years.
TX: Autumn 2009 / Winter 2010
Source: BBC Press Office