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James D West
RUSS 426
Seattle Campus

Russian Art and Architecture

Survey of Russian art and architecture from the middle ages to the twentieth century, covering the place of the visual arts in Russian culture, the relationship between visual and verbal art, and the appropriate reading of works of Russian art of all periods.

Class description

A selective survey of Russian art and architecture from the middle ages to the twentieth century, emphasizing the place of the visual arts in Russian culture, the influence on it of the many different visual cultures with which it interacted, and the reception of Russian art in Europe. There will also be some exploration of the complex relationship between visual and verbal art, which is particularly important in the context of Russian culture. Illustrations will be available for study outside class on a course website.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

The course has a lecture/discussion format.

Recommended preparation

There are no prerequisites, but some knowledge of Russian culture is helpful.

Class assignments and grading

Assignments are two papers (midterm and final) and two visual quizzes.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by James D West
Date: 12/05/2006