the National Historical Museum of Moscow (Olga
Strougova and Nataliya Skorniakova),
Museum of Contemporary Art of Moscow (Vera Dazhina)
and the Accademy of Fine Arts of Moscow.
This project is an experiment that confirms the
idea of the importance of the architectural
monuments with the surrounding landscape. It is
based on the depictions of XV-XX centuries' architectural monuments built in Russia by Italian
and Russian architects who worked in the Italian
style (Aristotele Fioravante, Anton Fryazin, Marco
Ruffo, De Karkano, Aleviz Novyi, Pietro Solari,
Bon Frayzin, Petrok malyi, M. Fontana, A. Kavos,
G. Quarengi, F. Camporesi, O. Bove, D. Gigliardi,
A. Gigliardi, M.F. Kazakov, I. Monighetti, I.I.
Joltovskyi, A.R. Tamanian).
Each object consists of two parts:
1. Original photograph of the monument /all of
them are obtained from the State Historical Museum/.
2. Using new media computer technologies, these
monuments are virtually transferred into different
surroundings, such as landscapes of Italy, taken
form Italian paintings from the same time.
The importance of a landscape for Russian
architects is well known.
They were under a great influence of Italian
masters. They were putting architecture in
Palladian style, into the Russian landscape,
adapting it to Middle Russia, even though it has
little in common with Italy.
It is typical for Russian culture in general.
Virtual shift of these monuments into Italian
nostalgic surroundings, historically relative
landscape, will show them in a different context
and help to see them in a new way.
For historians of architecture it may present a
completely new way, new material for understanding
an interpretation of Italian architecture by
masters who used to work in Russia.
Undoubtedly, these objects must have an artistic
value. They are pieces of art created using
computer based technologies /so called new media/
Being absolutely new, and having no analogies,
they bound to attract both art lovers and