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Mackail, J. W. (John William), 1859-1945. Russia's gift to the world - Image 23. 1915. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 10, 2019. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/1430/show/1398.

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Mackail, J. W. (John William), 1859-1945. (1915). Russia's gift to the world - Image 23. Socialist and Communist Pamphlets. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/1430/show/1398

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Mackail, J. W. (John William), 1859-1945, Russia's gift to the world - Image 23, 1915, Socialist and Communist Pamphlets, Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries, accessed December 10, 2019, https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/1430/show/1398.

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Title Russia's gift to the world
Creator (LCNAF)
  • Mackail, J. W. (John William), 1859-1945
Publisher Hodder and Stoughton
Place of Creation (TGN)
  • New York
  • London
Date 1915
Subject.Geographic (TGN)
  • Russia
Genre (AAT)
  • pamphlets
Language English
Type (DCMI)
  • Text
Original Item Extent 48 pages; 22 cm.
Original Item Location DK32.7.M3 1915
Original Item URL http://library.uh.edu/record=b8304497~S11
Original Collection Socialist and Communist Pamphlets
Digital Collection Socialist and Communist Pamphlets
Digital Collection URL http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
Repository URL http://libraries.uh.edu/branches/special-collections
Use and Reproduction This item is in the public domain and may be used freely.
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Title Image 23
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Transcript Russia's Gift to the World 21 ART Art is the application of beauty to life. But in its current sense it is used with a more special meaning to cover broadly two fields : first, that of painting, sculpture, and architecture ; and secondly, that of all those subsidiary arts and crafts which use form and colour towards design and decoration. In the mistress arts there is no great Russian school comparable, for instance, to the Italian, Dutch, English, and Flemish schools of painting, to the French Gothic and Italian Renaissance schools of architecture, or to the great achievements of more than one western nation in sculpture. There are no Russian names to set beside those of Raphael and Titian and Velasquez, of Van Eyck or Memling or Rembrandt, of Donatello and Michael Angelo, of the architects who built Santa Sofia, Reims and Chartres, the Duomo of Florence, the Abbey Church of Westminster, or the Cathedral of St. Paul's. The circumstances of Russia during the Middle Ages, and long afterwards, did not allow of such development. The country was too poor and too much oppressed by foreign invasions. There has been, indeed, in Russia a continuous tradition of architecture derived from Byzantine sources, and it has resulted in churches and other buildings, imposing in design and gorgeous in their brilliant colouring, but the Russian Church always discountenanced sculpture, and strove to confine painting to a rigid convention. , In more modern times Russian artists have learned and followed the art as it had been developed by the masters of Western Europe. The foundation of the Imperial Academy of Arts in 1757 (ten years earlier than our own Royal Academy) only confirmed the prevalence of academic painting. The movement of the 19th century went astray in two directions, either by being " art with a purpose," painting