St. Basil’s Cathedral, Red Square, Moscow: Unraveling Its Mysteries
- EVT 552
- Jun 7
- 7:30 pm (Doors 7:00 pm)
- Auditorium (Rm. 111), Sapp Center
No Registration Required
In this lecture, we explore St. Basil’s origins during the reign of Tsar Ivan the Terrible in the mid-16th century. We investigate the cathedral’s many architectural antecedents in previous Russian architecture, with a dash of Italian influence. We also explore the cathedral’s political associations with Tsar Ivan’s victory over the Muslim Tatars of Kazan, and we discover that St. Basil’s was a centerpiece in a remarkable ceremony beginning in Ivan’s time that celebrated the purported harmony of state and church power. St. Basil’s at first glance seems irregular and bizarre; at second glance, we find order and meaning.
Jack Kollmann, Lecturer, Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies, Stanford Jack Kollmann has taught at Boston College, Wellesley College, UC Berkeley, Harvard Extension, and since 1982 at Stanford. Since his first visit to the Soviet Union in 1959, he has visited Russia over fifty times, documenting Russian architecture and art in photographs. He received a PhD in Russian history from the University of Michigan.
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