The architecture of Saint Petersburg. How it works?
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learn about the similarities between St. Petersburg and Rome;
find out what the unique specificity of the historical center is and what the climate has to do with it;
see how the original design of the city looked like and what changed it has undergone;
see what role arcs, arcades, colonnades and courtyards play in the appearance of the city;
Petersburg is a city that exists not because of, but in spite of. Its essence is a challenge to nature, a victory over nature in its essence, as the poet P. A. Vyazemvsky put it perfectly in 1818: “Art here waged war with nature”.

Petersburg is a city that does not allow arbitrariness. It is distinguished by a formal, strict appearance of buildings, a single red line of houses, clearly delineated, almost lined streets. The wide Neva river here does not merge with the city landscape like the Seine in Paris, but divides it. Petersburg is a phenomenon, the northernmost million-plus city.

Petersburg was created by the will of one person as a challenge to Russian history, as the new capital, as opposition to Moscow. Therefore, it is distinguished by a unique plan and architecture. Petersburg was formed mainly by classicism, baroque and empire style, which was then replaced by eclecticism, and then by art nouveau and modernism.

At this lecture we will find out how the city was created and how its architectural appearance was formed. We will talk about different styles and, of course, about the main architects and their masterpieces.
We will:
learn to distinguish between architectural styles.
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I believe that art is extremely talkative, and it can be both quite noisy and very quiet and shy. But in any case, it always tends to tell us something. Art speaks to us with the help of line, color, composition, harmony ... or lack of them. And our goal is to hear and understand this message. This is what we will learn to do in our lectures.

It is important to teach you to establish your own dialogue with artworks. This dialogue can be very personal, and it’s wonderful, because in art we are partially looking for a reflection of ourselves.
Nelli Kundryukova
Art historian (St. Petersburg State University), PhD student in art history (Russian Institute of Art History)
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