State historical-architectural, landscape and natural museum-preserve «Izborsk»

8 August 2019

We would like to invite everybody to attend the meeting of the historical club entitled “Izborsk Friday”. It will take place on August 16, 2019 at 15.00 in merchant Belyanin’s house (Pechorskaya str., 39).

The meeting of the club will be dedicated to the presentation of the newly published book “The letters written by Aleksander Ivanov”. The book enables one to more deeply understand the personality of the famous Russian artist, the creator of the famous painting “The Appearance of Christ Before the People”, as a master of the word and a philosopher.

The presentation of the book will be made by the initiators and authors of the book: a professor of the Russian Academy of Arts Aleksander Konstantinovich Krylov, who has written the foreword, and the scientific secretary of Izborsk Museum Reserve, a PhD in cultural studies, Vladimir Leonidovich Mel’nikov, who has edited the book and written the afterword.

The book includes a facsimile edition of the book “Aleksander Andreevich Ivanov. Life and correspondence in 1806-1858”, that was initially published in St. Petersburg in 1880 by artist Mikhail Petrovich Botkin, as well as an essay written by artist Nikolay Konstantinivuch Roerikh, who used to personally know Mikhail Botkin and hear from him stories about Aleksander Ivanov. The edition is special because of the absence of the editor’s comments and changes of the author’s text. This, in the opinion of the editors, emphasizes the unique value of the initial books that bear the mark of their time. It is also important that this book for the first time reproduces the original daguerreotype of Aleksander Ivanov in Rome in 1846 – the only known photo of the great artist. The original photo was provided by the Russian State Museum.

In his letters the artist used to write: “A school of painting is the foundation to our pictorial art, a language we use… But today it is very important to use the mighty language of art to serve the needs of time and Russia”.

There are many famous people among the addressees of the artist who are connected to Izborsk or are dear to Izborsk people. For example poet Nikolay Mikhailovich Yazykov. The master used to write about Yazykov to his brother: “I would be happy if you became friends with Yazykov: he is one of the best people of our Motherland. There is not a single person who, knowing Yazykov, would not praise him”.


The event will take place on August 16, 2019 at 15.00 in Izborsk in merchant Belyanin’s house. Everybody is welcome. Entrance is free.

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