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Lecture hall “Educational environment” in the library-reading room named after I.S. Turgenev invites you to the lecture “Dialogue between a flower and an artist” from the cycle “Plant Symbolism in Art”.

Flowers are one of Mother Nature’s most stunning creations. At all times they attracted the admiring glances of masters of art, in all cultures they were endowed with a special magical power.

In the first lecture of the cycle, we will talk about the symbolism of plants, about the meaning that the great painters of the past put into the flowers and fruits that they depicted in their works. The ceremonial “Portrait of Empress Elizaveta Petrovna” (1754), created by the Austrian artist Georg Kaspar Joseph von Prenner (172-1766), invited to Russia from Rome, will be examined in detail. The luxurious garland of flowers – peonies, roses, tulips, cornflowers, poppies and forget-me-nots, which surrounds the august person, is richly saturated with allegories.

Elena Vinnichek, artist, author of the Russian Society of Botanical Illustration Lovers project, invites you to immerse yourself in a magical world where history, fairy tale, botany and art peacefully coexist.

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