Society of Traveling Exhibitions

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Society of Traveling Exhibitions (1870-1923) Despite the rapid changes in Western art in the nineteenth century, the Russian Academy of Arts was far behind and still taught and promoted the neo-classical technique and subjects of painting. The professors of the Academy directed their students attention to great examples of Italian art, claiming that it contained all the elements which characterize the highest achievements of the so-called historical painting. They considered all other kinds of art, including genre painting, much less appropriate for an artist, and they barely tolerated such works in the walls of the Academy. The statutes of the school obligated all the students, after they finished their courses in drawing and painting from nature, to paint mythological, historical, biblical or evangelical topics assigned by the Academy as the subject of the gold medal competition. However, the conservative character of the Academy and its outdated and inflexible rules were bound to change. Following the
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