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Title :

'The souls of the righteous in a bright place' : landscape and orthodoxy in seventeenth-century Russian maps

Author :
KIVELSON, Valerie A. ;
Publication year :
1999
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
Studies 17th c. Russian sketch maps, or chertezhi, used to record property rights and boundary lines for judicial and administrative purposes. Despite their prosaic origins, the maps were in many cases beautifully drawn in ink and lavishly painted in color wash. Two sets of images characterize their painted landscapes: architectural ensembles, particularly churches, and trees. Kivelson contends that Orthodox Christian shapes and symbols suffuse the imagery of these maps, indicating their composers' unarticulated religious assumptions and beliefs. Mapmakers utilized clear and unmistakable markers of Paradise to decorate their sketches of property lines and boundary disputes, articulating a joyous vision of their position in God's world and projecting that optimism onto the secular present. ;
Pagination/Size :
11 ill. ;
Topic :
530 - BIBLIOGRAPHIE D'HISTOIRE DE L'ART ;
French keywords :
Arbre ; Carte ; Eglise ; Eglise orthodoxe (institution) ; Iconographie ; Iconographie chrétienne ; Paradis ; Paysage ; Russie, Fédération de ; 1600-1700 ;
Descriptors :
Christian iconography ; Churches ; Iconography ; Landscape ; Maps ; Orthodox Church ; Paradise ; Russian Federation ; Trees ; 1600-1700 ;
Document type :
Article ;
Source :
Russian review, 1999, 58, 1, Jan
INIST identifier :
24968891 ;
ISSN :
ISSN 0036-0341 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;