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Date(s) - 10 Oct 2017
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Columbia University Faculty House

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Francis Randall, Professor Emeritus, Sarah Lawrence College
“The Renaissance in Russian History and Memory”

Italian influences, in the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries, though not so strong as in the other Catholic countries of Europe, had significant effects in Russia, too.  After 1453, Russian monks and pilgrims mostly reached Mt. Athos and Jerusalem not through Constantinople but through Venice and its seas.  Russian diplomatic missions to Venice, Ferrara and Milan (not Rome).  Ferraran influences on Russian military (the Kremlin), church and palatial architecture.  Italian humanist influences on Russian public rhetoric: the Joseph of Volokolamsk and St. Nil Sorskii debates, the Ivan the Terrible and Prince Andrei Kirbskii letters, and the genre of Boastings.  Early Italian influence through graphics of religious paintings on Russian icons, much strengthened by 17th century Dutch graphics (including Rembrandt).  The establishment of a Patriarchate in Russia, and its efforts, especially under the formidable Patriarch Nikon, to duplicate the Italian Papal ideology, bureaucracy and power.  The contentious issue of the Renaissance in 18thcentury Russia to the present, exemplified in Chaadaev, Musorgskii, Merezhkovskii and Vodolazkin.

If you wish to continue the discussion with the speaker over dinner  ($30 by check only, made out to Columbia University) at 7 pm, also in Faculty House, please RSVP least 10 days ahead to rapporteur Lien Van Geel.