Torzhok: Architectural Heritage in Photographs
The Kennan Institute is pleased to announce the appearance of Torzhok: Architectural Heritage in Photographs, volume twelve 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 rich architectural heritage of Torzhok and and nearby country estates such as
Znamenskii-Raek. 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 Torzhok over a period of several centuries. The text is accompanied by a selection of the author's color photographs of architectural landmarks such as the Monastery of Saints Boris and Gleb, as well as parish churches and the estate of Znamenskii-Raek.
The main section of the book consists of an evocative black-and-white photographic study that includes the Monastery of Saints Boris and Gleb in addition to the town's several parish churches (in various states of preservation) and a number of neoclassical houses. The grand mansion at Znamenskii-Raek is once again given prominent attention. The book concludes with examples of traditional wooden architecture from the surrounding area. These photographs were taken during the author's many trips to Torzhok between 1995 and 2010. The captions 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, Solovki, Kolomna and Suzdal, is intended for those interested in architecture, history, photography and regional studies.