Poznanskaya Anna

The city and the capital in the illustrations of russian primers of the 1860s — 1910s

Poznanskaya Anna (2021) "The city and the capital in the illustrations of russian primers of the 1860s — 1910s ", Vestnik Pravoslavnogo Sviato-Tikhonovskogo gumanitarnogo universiteta. Seriia IV : Pedagogika. Psihologiia, 2021, vol. 62, pp. 44-59 (in Russian).

DOI of the paper: 10.15382/sturIV202162.44-59


This article is part of a large-scale research project dedicated to the study of the image of the city in the educational literature of the New and Modern Times. Unlike most studies related to this topic, this work is focused not on historical but on art-historical analysis of the illustrations of Russian Primers. The chronological scope of this work is between the second half of the 19th century and the fi rst decade of the 20th century. This choice is due to the fact that up to the middle of the 19th century, Russian primers rarely contained illustrative material, and the topic of cities became relevant in the design of the book only at the turn of the century. The study of a wide selection of numerous sources, primarily primers as fi rst books for teaching reading, allows us to draw conclusions not only about the artistic diversity of illustrations but also about the various methodological approaches chosen by the designers and publishers, depending on their task.


education in Russia, ABC-books, city, capital city, city view, illustration


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Information about the author

Poznanskaya Anna

Academic Degree: Candidate of Sciences* in Art Criticism;
Place of work: Pushkin state museum of fine arts; 12 Ul. Volkhonka., Moscow, 119019, Russian Federation;
Post: deputy head of the Department of art of the countries of Europe and America of the XIX–XX centuries;
Email: poznanskaya.anna@yandex.ru.

*According to the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) 2011, the degree of Candidate of Sciences (Cand.Sc.) belongs to ISCED level 8 — "doctoral or equivalent", together with PhD, DPhil, D.Lit, D.Sc, LL.D, Doctorate or similar.