Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres - Monsieur de Norvins, 1811.
At the time the picture is said to have been painted he was Chief of Police in the Napoleonic government in Rome. But after the fall of Napoleon a bust of Roi de Rome, Napoleon’s son, was disguised.
Anonymous said: are there any russia-centric blogs that you would recommend checking out? or even blogs that aren't solely concerned with russia but post a fair amount about her (similar to yours I suppose)? thanks!
Off the top of my head, here are subject-specific blogs:
russian-style: Russian history and culture, centered around the nexus of the visual arts. Carefully curated, educational, and just super lovely to look at.
storiesoftherevolution: easily my favorite Russia-centric blog, plus it often showcases the history of other countries that fell within the Eastern Bloc. Mostly Soviet-era art, history and advertisements, but the scope is very broad; don’t be surprised to see war photography, modern Russian high fashion, the occasional Imperial throwback, or a late 19th century painting of a Muscovite princess. If you’re not following them already, you really should be.
russkayaliteratura: Russia’s greatest hits—writers, thinkers, and artists. There’s a whole section for Dostoevsky.
fyodors: Gold and Silver-era Russian culture, with amazing variety.
russianarthistory: what it says on the tin. Prepare to lose your goddamn mind over landscape painting. (I don’t know if it’s active anymore, but it’s well worth taking a look around.)
Blogs sort of like mine but superior:
pyrrhiccomedy: my better half in most things, she digs into 20th century Russian culture, the Second World War, the Cold War, and the socio-political pressures within the Soviet system. Her analysis is thoughtful, empathetic, respectful, and you’ll learn half a dozen new things before breakfast. (Other things in her blog: science, healthy skepticism, the worst kinds of puns, an eye for the uncanny, and Poland. Just Poland, stretching to the distant horizon.)
czaaritsa: her ‘russia’ tag is a beautiful all-eras grab bag of paintings, literature, photography, and music. She also has a lot of constructivism in there, which is, you know. Great. (Other things in her blog: fashion, art history, architecture, and a whole tag for winter that makes me hella wistful.)
that’s…sort of it on the personal blogs front, if anyone has anything to add, or wants to raise their hand and draw attention to their own blog (because I don’t usually follow back, I know I know), just drop me a line.