March 2018


«Architecton: proceedings of higher education» № 42 June 2013

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 domain of architecture in Pushkin's works appears as the material aspect of Being conveying explicitly the aesthetic and ethical values. The author presents concrete characteristics of Saint-Petersburg’s architectural space expressing in a concentrated form the poet’s essential, philosophically weighty views. The article demonstrates that in his novel "Eugene Onegin" the poet focused attention on the scene of action no less passionately than on the characters. Obviously, Pushkin did not write about architecture as a self-sufficient and self-focused area. Rather, he wrote to convey the semantic messages of the architecture as part of the boundless world, either humane or inhumane, depending on the presentation of its concrete properties. The poet’s treatment of the spatial context is investigated as anticipating today's category of «architectural environment». Parallel analysis of the first chapter enacted in Saint-Petersburg and fine art works confirms the reputation of this novel as a universal model for studying various historical processes, including the history of architecture with its semantic wealth.


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Key words: architectural semantics, architectural environment, architecture of St. Petersburg, Pushkin's Petersburg

Russian text of this article

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