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A Public EmpireProperty and the Quest for the Common Good in Imperial Russia$
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Ekaterina Pravilova

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780691159058

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691159058.001.0001

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Private Possessions and National Art

Private Possessions and National Art

(p.178) 5 Private Possessions and National Art
A Public Empire

Ekaterina Pravilova

Princeton University Press

This chapter continues the discussion began in Chapter 4 on the appropriation of Russian icons and art. It shows that the ambitions of artists, preservationists, and archaeologists extended far and wide, encountering the resistance of private collectors and city authorities, landowners, and the imperial court. While dealing with the owners of artistic wealth and historical monuments, these zealots of the national patrimony also pursued various objectives. The chapter further shows that the notion of “public domain” remained quite blurred and implied no clear answer to the question of which objects of art and historical heritage should be nationalized, and where they should be placed to ensure their accessibility for the public and the preservation for future generations.

Keywords:   Russian icons, Russian art, public domain, public property, appropriation, national patrimony

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