The Image of St. Petersburg in the Work of Anna Ostroumova-Lebedeva
#2 2020 (71)
On the 150th Anniversary of Anna Ostroumova-Lebedeva’s Birth St. Petersburg had neither a Piranesi, like Rome, nor a Canaletto, like Venice - the city on the Neva lacked an artist who would devote themselves entirely to glorifying it. In the mid 18th century, Mikhail Makhaev could have been such an artist, but the times would not allow it: having completed a number of glorious etchings of Baroque Petersburg, he was forced to turn to other, more practical projects. At the end of the same century, this was again the case with Fyodor Alekseyev, the creator of wonderful landscape panoramas of the Northern Capital, who was obliged to devote the majority of his canvases to Moscow.
Zurab Tsereteli’s Monument in the Heart of Paris
#2 2015 (47)
CHARLES DE GAULLE WROTE IN HIS "WAR MEMOIRS": "WITH EVERY STEP I TAKE THROUGH THE WORLD'S MOST REMARKABLE PLACES, I FEEL THAT THE GLORY OF THE PAST... RECONNECTS TO THAT OF THE PRESENT... IT FEELS LIKE HISTORY IS SMILING BACK AT US TODAY THROUGH ITS STONES AND CITY SQUARES." FOR 2,000 YEARS THE CITY OF PARIS HAS UNDERGONE A CONTINUOUS EVOLUTION FROM ROMAN SETTLEMENT TO MODERN WORLD CAPITAL, AND THROUGHOUT ITS HISTORY THE CITY HAS REMAINED LOYAL TO ITS PRINCIPLES. REJECTING LACK OF TALENT AT EVERY STAGE, IT ACCUMULATES THE MOST SIGNIFICANT AND EXCITING NEW FEATURES, GIVING PREFERENCE TO PERFECT ORDER AND BRILLIANCE. THE NEW MONUMENT BY ZURAB TSERETELI NEAR NOTRE-DAME CATHEDRAL IN PARIS IS FURTHER PROOF OF SUCH A TRADITION THAT HAS TURNED THE CITY INTO THE ARTISTIC CAPITAL OF THE WORLD. WHAT IS PARTICULARLY STRIKING IS THE PERFECT WAY THE NEW SCULPTURE FITS WITHIN THE FAMOUS ARCHITECTURAL ENSEMBLE AND ITS SURROUNDINGS.