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Title Soviet Portrait Painting at the Turn of the 1960–1970s: Between Renaissance Heritage and Social Realism Traditions.
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About author Otdelnova, Vera Aleksandrovna — Ph. D. student. State Institute for Art Studies, Kozitsky per., 5, 125000 Moscow, Russian Federation.
In the section Russian Art of the 20th Century and Contemporary Art DOI10.18688/aa166-9-75
Year 2016 Volume 6 Pages 690697
Type of article RAR Index UDK 7.035/.036: 75.041.5 Index BBK 85.14

The article focuses on the Soviet portrait painting of the 1960–1970s, marked by the influence of Renaissance art. The cultural heritage of the past centuries was perceived by artists as an alternative space to the official Soviet ideology. However, analyzing the works of art, artists’ statements, and critics’ comments, the author comes to the conclusion that though Soviet portraitists borrowed the imagery and some techniques of Renaissance art, they continued to use the basic methods of socialist realism such as the uncritical interpretation of history and the idealization of contemporary realities and contemporary men. The article specially focuses on the papers of well-known art historian Michael Alpatov who, according to the author’s opinion, described the image of the Renaissance adopted by the Soviet intelligentsia of the 1960–1970s.

Reference Vera Otdelnova. Soviet Portrait Painting at the Turn of the 1960–1970s: Between Renaissance Heritage and Social Realism Traditions.. Actual Problems of Theory and History of Art: Collection of articles. Vol. 6. Eds: Anna V. Zakharova, Svetlana V. Maltseva, Ekaterina Yu. Stanyukovich-Denisova. St. Petersburg, NP-Print Publ., 2016, pp. 690–697. ISSN 2312-2129.
Publication Article language russian
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