Professor Brumfield addresses how various architectural features and designs in 18th and 19th century St. Petersburg conveyed Russian rulers’ sense of themselves and the grandeur of their empire. The presentation will be illustrated with many examples of Professor Brumfield’s photographs, taken over his four decades of experience in this magnificent city. Many of these photographs are on display for the exhibit Imperial St. Petersburg: Architectural Visions.
Photos featuring prominently in Professor Brumfield’s lecture are available in the gallery on the right-hand side of the page.
In addition, Professor Brumfield recommends the following external websites for further information:
- Russia Beyond the Headlines – Professor Brumfield is a regular contributor to this site, and his archived articles/slideshows are accessible from this page.
- The Brumfield Collection at The Library of Congress – This collection of over 1,100 images can be browsed by clicking “View All” near the center of the page. One may also search by specific terms like town or city name.
Dr. William C. Brumfield is professor of Slavic Studies at Tulane University in New Orleans. He is the author of “A History of Russian Architecture” and has received numerous international awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship. He has also been elected to the Russian Academy of Architecture and the Russian Academy of the Arts, one of few Americans to receive these honors.
For more information on the exhibition and to view sample images, click here.