June 2018


«Architecton: proceedings of higher education» № 2(62) June 2018

History of architecture

Vlasov Victor G.

DSc (Art Studies), Professor, Chair of History of West European Art,
Saint-Petersburg State University,
Saint-Petersburg, Russia, e-mail: natlukina@list.ru


The art of Classicism implies following certain esthetic standards and using as iconographic sources artworks of Classical Antiquity. In the architecture of Russian Classicism, of special style-related importance were Italianisms, i.e. elements and motifs of the art of classical Italy, including the antique heritage, Renaissance innovations, classicist elements in the art of Baroque and Mannerism. The translation or transposition of the images of Antiquity and Italian Renaissance into the architecture and monumental and decorative art of St.-Petersburg defines to a great extent its iconography, iconology and symbols. This phenomenon is not reduced to the replication of prototypes but presents a deep psychological process of absorbing the classical heritage through reminiscences and mnemonic associations. This is evidenced by the examples presented in the article.

Key words: architecture, iconography, iconology, Italianisms, Antiquity, Classicism, Renaissance, translation, transposition


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