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Virtual Lecture: Painting the Virtues of the Czar in Early Muscovy

Saturday, September 11, 1:00-2:00pm. Registration closes at midnight on September 10.
FREE, thanks to a grant from Mass Humanities.
The Zoom link will be emailed to participants the morning of the program.

Virtue was a perennial theme of premodern art and literature, and Russia was no exception in this regard. This talk discusses the legacy of the cardinal virtues in early Russian mural painting and literature. Building on the classical and Byzantine tradition, Russian painters exalted the life of virtue in the belief that Russia would be led to prosperity. Dr. Justin Willson, lecturer in Medieval and Byzantine Art at Princeton University, received his PhD in January 2021 from Princeton where he studied Byzantine and early Russian art. Justin is currently working on a book that examines art discourse in Muscovy in the early modern period.