March 2018


«Architecton: proceedings of higher education» № 37 March 2012

History of architecture

Steklova Irina A.

PhD (Art Studies), Associate Professor,
Penza State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering,
Penza, Russia, e-mail: i_steklo60@mail.ru


The article proposes an architectural critic’s comment on Alexander Pushkin's poetic, prosaic and publicistic works from the last years of his creative life, all relating to Saint-Petersburg, as a researcher’s review of projects depicted at this or that angle, which usually remain unnoticed during or after reading. Architectural analysis of speculative constructions in the texts is used to show how Pushkin's characters, despite the stereotypes of detached perception of man-made harmonies, would be overtaken by the direct effect of the architecture of this nordic city and would be drawn into emotional experiencing of its varying diversity in time. The sphere of architecture is considered as a material domain in the conceptualisation of Being with a visual expression of a set of aesthetic and ethical assets.

The author emphasises the interpretation of Saint-Petersburg’s architectural space in the poem «The Bronze Horseman» as exposure of consistent materialization of the Emperor’s unlimited will and as accentuation of the predeterminedness of the monumental cityscape of Russia’s future capital by the potency of the logically clear, self-unfolding general plan. The article describes concrete compositional characteristics of the capital’s architectural spaces that expressed in a concentrated way the ideologically weighty postulates that were of fundamental value for Pushkin. Contrary to the polar contradictions of the contemporaneity, they were integrated in a stable positive model of perception of the world rooted in the architectonic attributes of the poet’s personality. Keywords: Pushkin’s Petersburg, architectural semantics, architecture in Pushkin's poetry

Key words: Pushkin’s Petersburg, architectural semantics, architecture in Pushkin's poetry

Russian text of this article

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