Saint Petersburg in winter

Russian winter

Moscow University

Time for Study In winter as you well know, the school and academic year is in full being. It is the best season to find out what the Soviet educational system is like. Soviet people thirst tremendously for knowledge. One of every four studies in one way or other. And among the students you find…


At the Fireside

At the Fireside There are many memorial museums in Moscow and its environs, which are open the year round and which relate of the life and work of well-known revolutionaries, writers and composer Leo Tolstoy. Dostoevsky, Chekhov, Mayakovski and Gorky memorial apartments. Suburban estates are particularly lovely and lyrical in winter providing a picture of…


Jack Frost the Painter

Jack Frost the Painter On a frosty day, when the mercury is down to 20 below, the city seems transformed. Spiky hoarfrost covers the trees and railings. The low-riding sun lends the haze a pinkish glow. The sight is so magnificent that one involuntarily stops short to admire this marvel of nature. You may see…


Skiing is the Muscovite´s favorite pastime

Russian winter

Ancient cathedrals and belfries in the Kremlin

in the Kremlin

Heart of Moscow

Red Square Take a good look at the ensemble of the Moscow Kremlin. Its buildings stand on a steep hill, washed at the foot by the Moskva River. Behind the turreted crenelated walls overlooking the bank, stand the cathedrals, palaces and bell-towers whose sky-piercing silhouette imparts a sunny grace. One begins sightseeing in Moscow, as…


The Russian City

South-West, a new residential district in Moscow What does a Russian city look like? It is not so crowded as a European city. The houses, which, as a rule, are from six to ten storeys high — true there are still some still taller buildings — are freely arranged with broad thoroughfares between blocks. Squares…


Bolshoi Theatre

Festival of Art In winter time the Russian theatre season is in full swing. All play houses are open and you are sure to meet your favorite actors. The Russian theatrical season has its own characteristic feature. It is a time when bright posters bill the names of young playwrights, directors and actors of ambitious…


Winter Landscapes

Indeed, a peep through the port-hole at the fields and forests already gives you a glimpse of the Russian landscape. There is nothing in the way of rocky mountains or endless vacant fields in Russia. Winter time in Central Russia is a harmonious blend of woods — usually of white birches, slim pines and the…


Emperor Alexander II in his study

Alexander II in the battlefield.

The Russian-Turkish War of 1877-1878. Alexander II in the battlefield.
The Russian-Turkish War of 1877-1878

Coronation of Alexander II.

Coronation of Alexander II in the Dormition Cathedral of the Moscow Kremlin. 1856
in the Dormition Cathedral of the Moscow Kremlin

V.A. Zhukovsky.

The upbringing of the Grand Duke. V.A. Zhukovsky and the successor to the throne (Alexander II)

Reproduction of the portrait “Emperor Alexander II is a liberator of the Christians in the East”

Reproduction of the portrait “Emperor Alexander II is a liberator of the Christians in the East”. A cheap popular prim. Chromolithograph. The Museum of the Russian Literature Institute in Saint Petersburg. Alexander II is Emperor of Russia. His reign was marked by a number of reforms which touched on nearly all units of state power,…


As the Pike Wills. A. Tolstoi

And the Pike implored again: “Emelya, let me go
into the water, and I’ll do anything you wish”.
“All right, only first you must prove you aren’t
trying to fool me, then I’ll let you go”.

As the Pike Wills (after A. Tolstoi)

К. Briullov (1799—1852) О. Fersen Riding a Donkey

К. Briullov (1799—1852) О. Fersen Riding a Donkey. 1835 Water-colour. 52.5×40 cm The Russian Museum, Saint Petersburg

In Russian literature.

In Russian literature, too, we find very characteristic and vivid examples of such creativity. There are the sophisticated baroque work of Simeon of Polotsk and the political caricatures of Archpriest Avvakum (seventeenth century); the monumental mosaic compositions of Lomonosov (eighteenth century); the romantic landscapes of Zhukovsky and Baratynsky; the elegiac landscapes of Batyushkov; Gogol’s architectural…


Rudolf Nureyev

Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev were the star-crossed lovers in Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet during the Royal Ballet’s tour of the United States.

P. Tchaikovsky. Firt Symphony, in G Minor, Entitled “Winter dreams” (Op. 13)

The First Symphony, begun in March of 1866, was done anew by the composers twice. In this new (already third!) editing “Winter Dreams” was soon presented to the Moscow audience. Its premiere was given by the Russian Musical Society on February 3, 1868, under the baton of N. Rubinstein. “…The performance signified Tchaikovsky’s first outstanding…


Still Life with a Chocolate Mill.

Juan tie Zurharan. 1598—1664. Spanish school. 1640. Oil on canvas. 48X75 cm

Portrait of Lazare Hoche.

Jacques-Louis David. 1748—1825. French school. 1793(?). Oil on canvas. 61X50 cm

Portrait of the Infanta Margarila.

Diego Velazquez. 1599—1660. Spanish school. 1659-60. Oil on canvas. 80X62 5 cm.

Ganesa (god of wisdom).

20th century. India. Carved wood. Height, 40 cm

Wang Iting.

1869—1938. China. Renunciation of Vanity. 1924 Hanging scroll

The Nativity of Buddha.

19th century. Tibet. Tempera on textile. 60X44 cm

Buddha Preaching.

18th century. Japan. Wood, gold lacquer. Height, 15 cm

Prince’s helmet inlaid with gold.

19th century. Persia. Metal. Height, 33 cm

Stand for a flower vase.

19th century. India. Carved mahogany. Height, 94 cm

Sarasvati (goddess of eloquence).

20th century. India. Carved ivory. Height, 33.5 cm

Three gods: Fu-hsing (god of happiness), Lu-hsing (god of salaries) and Shou-lao (god of longevity).

19th century. China. Emroidery. 190X130 cm

Carved armchair.

19th century. China. Rosewood. 115X50 cm (back); 60X51 cm (seat)

Guardian deity.

16th century. China. Bronze. Height, 55 cm

Buddhist lion.

19th century. China. Bronze. 121X122 cm

Battle of the Iranians and Turanians in the Reign of Kay Khosrau.

Illustration for the Shah-nаmа by Firdausi. 18th century.

Ardashir of Persia Murdering Artabanus V, King of Parthia.

Illustration for the Shah-nama by Firdausi. 18th century Persia. Miniature. 20.5X11.5 cm; 31X19.5 cm. (including the frame).

Tile: King’s Hunt.

18th century. Persia. Faience. Height, 3 cm. Diameter, 56 cm.


Snuff-box. 18th century. China. Jade. Height, 6.8 cm.