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Turbulent times: Russian History as depicted by its 19th century realist painters. Sir Tony Brenton Monday 11 February 2019

Russia’s great 19th century representational painters (virtually unknown in the West) presented Russian history with a drama and intensity comparable to that of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. They tell deeply human stories and teach deeply political lessons. Tony Brenton (former British Ambassador in Moscow) looks at these paintings and explores the world they set out to illuminate.