Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Philatelic Photograph: Academy of Arts - St. Petersburg, Russia

Interesting Places I've Photographed
Academy of Arts
St. Petersburg, Russia
Topic: Philatelic Photographs

GPS: N59° 56.236; E030° 17.435

Quick Description: 

The Academy of Arts is located on the University Embankment opposite University Quay on the Neva River in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Long Description:

The Academy of Arts was originally called the Imperial Academy of Arts by Catherine the Great. It was founded in 1757 by Ivan Shuvalov and housed in the Shuvalov Palace. A new Neoclassical building for the Academy was commissioned by Catherine the Great, designed by Alexander Kokorinov, and completed 1789.

The purpose of the Academy was to train artists and to promoted the neoclassical style of art. After the 1918 Russian Revolution, the institution was abolished and later reestablished in Moscow. The building on the Neva River in St. Petersburg is currently called Ilya Repin St. Petersburg State Academic Institute for Painting, Sculpture and Architecture. It's named in honor the painter and sculptor who was an alumnus of the Academy.

The stamp was issued by Russia in 1957. It features three great Russian artists, K.P. Bryulov, the aforementioned Ilya Repin, and V.I. Surikov. Below is the center portion of the Neoclassical façade of the Academy of Arts building.

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