The history of Russia has seesawed through the centuries between Europe and Asia.
In this dichotomy, St Petersburg looked west and Moscow looked east.
Power moved between the two cities; the Tsars were crowned in Moscow yet ruled from St Petersburg.
But at the turn of the 20th century, just before Tsarist Russia came tumbling down, both cities experienced a sudden, brilliant flowering of the visual, literary and performing arts.
Known in Russia as the Silver Age, this cultural renaissance is captured in all its dazzling originality - from the unprecedented synthesis of the arts in the productions of Diaghilev's Ballets Russes to Stanislavsky's groundbreaking stagings of Chekov, to Malevich's revolutionary Black Square - in this impeccably written, sumptuously illustrated volume.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 396 pages, 650 illustrations, 400 in colour
- Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
- Publication Date: 13/10/2008
- Category: History of art & design styles: from c 1900 -
- ISBN: 9780500514337