As part of the much-anticipated Russian Season, the BBC is set to unravel the rich and fascinating world of Russian art for the first time in a three-part series on BBC Four. The Art Of Russia is the story of a nation’s destiny – revolution and human conflict on a scale unparalleled in any other European country’s history of art.
Emerging from the most conservative of cultures into the most radical, Russian art triumphed against the odds. This is the country that gave us Malevitch’s Black Square – a precursor of Rothko intensity – and the Faberge Egg… at the same time!
Episode one celebrates the great age of the icon, when Russia was at its most intense and inward looking. Travelling to the northern wastes, art critic, Andrew Graham-Dixon, discovers the country’s most moving icons, the little known folk ‘Lubock’ art, antique Russia of the countryside, and Peter the Great’s artistic revolution.