Segments in this Video

Russia, a Mysterious Country (01:53)


Andrew Graham-Dixon quotes Theodore Dostoevsky's poetry and his thoughts on Russia. Graham-Dixon believes we can understand Russia through its art.

Russia's State Historical Museum (02:54)

Andrew Graham-Dixon admires artifacts from the Urals dated around 3,000 BC and death masks from the 1st century BC.

Kievan Rus' (03:53)

In 988, Prince Vladimir ordered the destruction of Slavic pagan idols and converted his people to Christianity. He recreated the glories of Byzantium and built St Sophia Cathedral.

St Sophia Cathedral (02:12)

The Madonna Orans mosaic is the focal image for church patrons. Andrew Graham-Dixon discusses mosaic elements. Prince Vladimir had imported the Byzantium culture.

Byzantium Art Form (03:02)

The icon is the most powerful symbol of faith and nation to Russian Christians. "Our Lady of Vladimir" is the founding icon; Andrew Graham-Dixon explains its symbolism and meaning.

Ostromir Gospel (02:02)

Created in 1056, the manuscript is the most ancient surviving Russian book. Andrew Graham-Dixon explains its Cyrillic script.

Silent Centuries (02:17)

In 1237, marauding Mongols advanced into Kievan Rus,' forcing a displacement of orthodox culture; old Russia's people were forced into Muscovy.

Life in Muscovy (01:37)

The forest was central to early settlements; Pagan gods existed alongside the Christian god. This lifestyle significantly impacted Russian Christianity, its art, and its art forms.

Malie Koreli (02:08)

The Wooden Church is the quintessential expression of Christian civilization in Russia. Andrew Graham-Dixon discusses its iconostasis.

Holy Trinity Monastery, Sergiyev Posad (02:32)

Church became a welcoming forest home for Russian Christians. Andrew Graham-Dixon speaks with a Deacon about the icons painted by Andrei Rublev.

Feast day of St. Sergius (02:56)

Andrew Graham-Dixon experiences Andrei Rublev's iconostasis during Mass. He reflects on the communication between people and the icons.

Emblem of "Russianness" (03:36)

Viktor Bondarenko owns the largest private collection of icons; he believes the icons emphasize humanity. Bondarenko is passionate about Russian identity.

"Church Militant" (03:40)

Andrew Graham-Dixon discusses Ivan the Terrible's depraved childhood and his paradoxical relationship with the Orthodox Church. Graham-Dixon explains the narrative icon created for Ivan's palace.

Alexandrova Sloboda (04:14)

Ivan the Terrible twisted art and the church to meet his own ends. Andrew Graham-Dixon visits Ivan's Trinity Cathedral. He discusses the fresco covered walls and Ivan's use of the room.

Enduring Autocracy (02:33)

Absolutism has been the one constant in Russian society. A Muscovy subsistence farmer discusses life during the Stalinist era and maintaining a positive attitude.

Lubok (00:59)

This art form provides a glimpse into the unrecorded lives of Russian history.

Reconnecting Russia to the West (02:27)

Peter the Great was the first czar to travel abroad. Andrew Graham-Dixon discusses the czar's hijinks in Deptford.

Saint Petersburg (03:08)

Peter the Great laid the foundations for a new capital city. Andrew Graham-Dixon visits the St Peter and St Paul Cathedral; it marks a sharp break with old orthodox conventions.

"Jonathan and David" (03:10)

Peter the Great changed the way men dressed and the Russian calendar. Rembrandt's painting marked a seismic shift in Russian art and culture.

Credits: Out of the Forest: Art of Russia (00:30)

Credits: Out of the Forest: Art of Russia

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Andrew Graham-Dixon presents the incredible story of Russian art. At the same time as being epic and awe-inspiring, and producing brilliant art, medieval Russia could be a terrifying place. Criss-crossing the epic landscape, Andrew visits the monastery founded by Ivan the Terrible, where Ivan's favorite forms of torture found inspiration in religious art. One man would shine a light into Russia's 'dark' ages—Peter the Great who, surprisingly, took as his inspiration Deptford in South London. Andrew explores the origins of the Russian icon from its roots in Byzantium and the first great Russian icon, Our Lady of Vladimir, to the masterpieces of the country's most famous icon painter Andrei Rublev. (53 minutes)

Length: 53 minutes

Item#: BVL57424

ISBN: 978-0-81609-323-6

Copyright date: ©2010

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