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Rosalind Blakesley

Rosalind Polly Blakesley is Reader in Russian and European Art at the University of Cambridge, a Fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge, and founder and co-director of the Cambridge Courtauld Russian Art Centre. Her publications include Russian Genre Painting in the Nineteenth Century (under her maiden name of Gray, 2000); An Imperial Collection: Women Artists from the State Hermitage Museum (co-editor, 2003), The Arts and Crafts Movement (2006); Russian Art and the West (co-editor, 2007); and From Realism to the Silver Age: New Studies in Russian Artistic Culture (co-editor, 2014). A trustee of the National Portrait Gallery, London, she has curated exhibitions in London, Moscow, and Washington DC, and is now working on a book on Russian painting from 1757-1873.

 

“Thanks to the Likhachev Foundation, I took part in the hugely successful 6th International Congress of the Towns and Cities of Peter the Great, on the theme of Russia-UK: Five Centuries of Cultural Relations. This was an astonishingly fruitful and polished event, bringing together hundreds of delegates from eight different countries. The level of scholarship and debate was outstanding, and the congress as a whole fostered connections and conversations that will lead to exciting new projects in Russia and abroad.

 

I am also profoundly grateful to the Likhachev Foundation for extending my stay and arranging all of the necessary documentation for me to conduct research in the Russian State Historical Archive and the Central State Historical Archive of St Petersburg. To have the files that I needed to consult waiting on a desk the moment I arrived in each archive was every scholar’s dream, and enabled me to amass a wealth of material for the book on Russian painting that I aim to complete by the end of this year. My sincere thanks for making this work possible.

 

It has been a great privilege for me and other members of the Cambridge Courtauld Russian Art Centre to work with the Likhachev Foundation this year. This has greatly enriched our individual and collective research projects, and we look forward to continued collaborations in years to come”. 

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