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The audience will find a story about the birth and development of the most scientific art form. They will learn how ancient animals were portrayed in old magazines, when the first cartoon about dinosaurs appeared and who paints for evolution museums.

What is Russian paleoart and how does this type of fine art differ from the rest? You can learn about this at the video lectures prepared by the State Darwin Museum for the media platform #Moscowstoby… Museum staff will tell users about the origin and development of paleoart and introduce them to the most interesting exhibits.

The lectures are timed to coincide with the opening of the new exhibition “Russian Paleoart”, which will start working in August. In total, it is planned to publish three videos, two of which are already available for visitors to the #MoscowStoboy media platform. You can see them by this link… The third lecture will be released on July 30th.

Paleo art (or paleoart) is one of the most scientific genres of art. It includes paintings, sculptures, prints and lithographs depicting extinct animals and plants, as well as scenes from the planet’s prehistoric past. Their authors often have a scientific background.

Russian paleoart is distinguished by a particularly strict approach. Usually these are works of art associated with paleontological finds that were made on the territory of Russia. They are represented by illustrations for specialized magazines and paintings and sculptures that can be seen in natural science museums. Their main purpose is to show how prehistoric flora and fauna looked like and how their evolution took place.

Paleoart originated in the first half of the 19th century. The first video lecture of the cycle, which was prepared by the Darwin Museum, is devoted to the history of its appearance. Viewers will be told about pre-revolutionary publications dedicated to the history of planet Earth and its biological diversity.

For example, they will discuss the issue of the Zhivopisnoe Obozrenie magazine, where in 1835 the first images of ancient animals were published. The lecture will also introduce the materials of the popular science magazine “Knowledge for All” and the drawings of the English geologist and paleontologist Henry de la Béche. This scientist discovered many species of prehistoric fauna and founded the British Geological Survey.

In addition, users will find a story about famous Russian paleoartists. Among them, for example, Ivan Sevryugin, who designed a large-scale anthropological exhibition at the Manege in 1879. It featured figures of mammoths, plesiosaurs and other ancient animals. A zoologist and artist Vasily Vatagin created a series of paintings especially for the Darwin Museum. It will also be discussed at the lecture.

Part of the video will be devoted to images of dinosaurs. On the example of iguanodon drawings, the audience will be explained how scientific ideas about the external appearance of this animal have changed.

During the second lecture, they will talk about the development of paleoart in the 20th century. In particular, about the prehistoric world in cinematography, about how the shooting of the film “Planet of Storms” directed by Pavel Klushantsev was prepared. A story about director Alexander Ptushko awaits the audience. In 1936, he was the first among his compatriots to attempt to make a film about dinosaurs.

The third lecture will focus on contemporary paleoartists. It will be conducted by paleontologist Nikolai Zverkov. He will introduce you to new techniques and computer programs that are used to create the image of ancient animals. Zverkov will also talk about his scientific work.

# Moskvastoby is an online project of the Moscow Committee for Tourism. The portal was launched in March 2020. The site regularly publishes new lectures, online tours, theatrical performances, cooking shows, and more. More than 750 videos are available to users. The English version of the project works for foreigners –#Moscowwithyou

The State Darwin Museum is one of the largest evolutionary museums in the world. It contains a unique collection of flora and fauna samples from ancient times to the present day. Here you can see the skeletons of vertebrates, including the largest dinosaurs, watch educational films and even visit the terrarium. When creating the expositions, modern digital technologies were used.

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