Actual Problems of Theory and History of Art


Ph. Art history, professor, Deputy Dean for research.

In 1978 he graduated from the Department of History and Theory of Art, Lomonosov State university. In 1981 he completed a postgraduate course and started working at the same department as an assistant, then senior lecturer and later associate professor. From 2009 he is a professor at the Department of History and Theory of Art. From 2007 he is the Head of the Department of World Art History. He also lectured at the Faculty of Philosophy and Faculty of Economy of Lomonosov State university and ran a module “Art of ancient Rome” at Russian State university for the Humanities. He had a 1 year internship at La Sapienza, University of Rome in 1992–1993.

He was awarded the Lomonosov State university Shuvalov award in 1994 for his monography “Classical tradition and art of the Renaissance (frescoes of Florentine and Roman villas)”.

Ivan Tuchkov is a member of the Moscow branch of the Dante Alighieri Society, Association of Art historians, International Council of Museums (ICOM), Moscow Union of artists. He is also a member of editorial board and editor in charge for “Italian compendium” and a member of editorial board for “Lazarev conrefence”.

In 1988 he completed his PhD “Monumental and decorative paintings in Roman Renaissance villas and the tradition of antiquity (Florence and Rome)” under the supervision by V. Grashchenkov. In 2008 he completed his second PhD “Image of Roman Renaissance villas: iconology and rhetoric ”.

Research interests

European antiquity and art after the Middle Ages, especially Italian art.


  • Pontormo’s fresco in the Poggio a Caiano villa and ancient tradition // Problems of ancient history and history of Middle ages. Moscow, 1980.

  • Artistic features of frescoes of Italian villas of the 16th century // Problems of ancient history and history of Middle ages. Moscow, 1981.

  • Classical tradition and art of the Renaissance (frescoes of Florentine and Roman villas), Moscow, 1992.

  • “Genius Loci". Villa d'Este, Tivoli // Italian art and culture of the Renaissance and Enlightenment. Moscow, 1997.

  • Yekaterina Romanovna Dashkova’s “Notes” on her stay in Italy // Italian compendium. Moscow, 1999.

  • Homo Faber. Portrait of an art historian // Italian compendium. Moscow, 2000.

  • From hunters’ shelter to country villa. Villa Lante at Bagnaia’s regular park // Art criticism. Moscow, 2001.

  • Villa Giulia on via Flaminia in Rome // Man in the Renaissance culture. Moscow, 2001.

  • “A hymn to celebrate the Renaissance villa: loggia della Palazzina Gambara in Bagnaia // Medieval Russian art. Byzantine, Rus, Western Europe: art and culture. Dedicated to the Victor Likhachev’s 100th birthday (1897–1976). St. Petersburg, 2002.

  • Triumphant entrance and ceremonial reception. Villa Giulia on Via Flaminia in rome // Italian compendium, Moscow, 2003.

  • “Labours of Hercules” at Villa Farnese a Caprarola // Myth in the Renaissance culture. Moscow, 2003

  • Villa Abamelek in Rome // pinacothèque. Moscow, 2003.

  • Paris – St. Petersburg 1800–1830. When Russia spoke French... Exhibition catalogue. Moscow, 2003.

  • Painting of Sala delle Asse at Castello Sforzesco in Milan // Leonardo da Vinci and Renaissance culture. Moscow, 2004.

  • Genius Loci and villa Lante on the Janiculum Hill. “Memory of the place” in its Renaissance meaning // Italian compendium. Moscow, 2005.

  • Image of Roman Renaissance villas: iconology and rhetoric. Moscow, 2007.

  • Painting in Roman villas of the 17thcentury. Principles and features // Moscow State University of Culture and Arts’ bulletin, 2008.

  • Templum Mundi. L.B. Alberti on the ideal of country villa life // L.B. Alberti and culture of the Renaissance. Moscow, 2008.

  • In memory of Victor Golovin. 1954–2007 // Italian compendium. Moscow, 2009.