By Anne Odom
Introduction by William R. Johnston
Russian Enamels provides an exciting opportunity to survey over eight centuries of enameling in Russia. Absorbing styles and techniques from neighboring countries and cultures, Russian artists developed their own distinctive traditions. In so doing, they created an art-form characterized by vibrant colors and bold designs. For the first time, a comprehensive examination of this art was presented in a museum outside of Russia. Every important epoch in the evolution and development of Russian enamels was represented. The most remarkable aspect of the landmark exhibition was that it was drawn entirely from three American sources- the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, the Hillwood Museum in Washington, D.C., and a distinguished private collection.
This publication accompanied an exhibition at the Walters Art Museum, November 17, 1996-February 23, 1997.
9.7”h x 9.9”w