Annotated Bibliography of Frame Publications,
1995 to 2011
By country: Russia

Lysenko, O.A., To Dress a Picture: Art and Frames in Russia from the Eighteenth to the Early Twentieth Centuries, State Russian Museum, St Petersburg, Palace Editions, 2005, 167pp, 103 colour illustrations. (text in Russian; a separate German text-only translation is available). Produced to accompany the first exhibition of picture frames to be held in Russia; it comprises an introduction, chapters on each of the four centuries covered, a catalogue including details of the frames, frame makers' stamps and labels, a glossary and frame sections. Some of the frames are made from bronze, silver or rare woods.

Tarasov, Oleg, Framing Russian Art: From Early Icons to Malevich, Reaktion Books, 2011 (translated by Robin Milner-Gulland and Antony Wood from the Russian, Rama i obraz: Ritorika obramleniya v russkom iskusstve, 2007, 415pp, 260 illustrations). An ambitious book going beyond picture framing as such to consider the concept of framing more widely. The nature of the book is set out in an editorial preface by Robin Milner-Gulland: the book is chronologically ordered but falls essentially into two halves, the first dealing largely with art objects of religious significance, most of them ‘icons’ in the accepted sense, and thus largely ‘Old Russian’, pre-1700, with Western European comparisons, and the second focusing on the framing of secular art object, starting with ‘palace art’ and continuing through ‘the ideologically loaded paintings of the nineteenth-century Wanderers to the avant-garde of the early twentieth century’. At the heart of the book, as Milner-Gulland identifies, stand three complex artistic ‘organisms’, a huge now dismantled 17th-century ‘Iconostasis of Grigoriy Shumayev’ in the A.V. Shchusev Museum of Architecture, Moscow (chapter 1), the 19th-century church ensemble and paintings of Abramtsevo in Moscow province (chapter 2) and the grand series of war pictures by the late 19th-century painter, Vasiliy Vereshchagin, in the State Tretyakov Galler, Moscow (chapter 4).