Kolomna: Architectural Heritage in Photographs
The Kennan Institute is pleased to announce the appearance of Kolomna: Architectural Heritage in Photographs, volume ten in the "Discovering Russia" series, published in Moscow by "Tri Kvadrata" Publishers with the support of the Kennan Institute. This book is devoted to the architectural and historical heritage of the city of Kolomna in the southern part of Moscow oblast. The text and photographs are by William Craft Brumfield, a leading western specialist on the history of Russian architecture, Professor of Slavic Studies at Tulane University (New Orleans), and honorary Fellow of two Russian national academies: the Academy of the Arts and the Academy of Architecture and Construction Sciences.
The volume begins with the author's text, in Russian and in English, on the history and architecture of Kolomna, ranging from the late 14th century to the beginning of the 21st century. The text is accompanied by a selection of the author's color photographs of central architectural monuments such as the Cathedral of the Dormition (and its frescoes), as well as Kolomna's outlying monasteries.
The main section of the book consists of a black-and-white photographic survey of buildings that includes surviving sections of the massive kremlin walls, in addition to cathedrals, monasteries and parish churches, houses, commercial buildings and examples of Constructivist architecture from the 1920s and early 1930s. The negatives for these photographs, taken during the author's many trips from 1992 to 2007, are preserved in the William Brumfield Collection at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. The captions are in English and Russian, and include the date of each photograph. Total length of book: 104 pages.
This publication continues the "Discovering Russia" series of books dedicated to the historic regions of Russia and their architecture. The series, containing Brumfield's previous books on the areas of Totma, Irkutsk, Tobolsk, Solikamsk, Cherdyn, Kargopol, Chita, Buriatiia, and Solovki, is intended for those interested in architecture, history, photography and regional studies.