Visual arts

The Kievan Russia period

The Kievan Russia period Kept by the time architectural monuments of princely epoch are the ornaments of many cities of Ukraine. Stone constructions were lucky to go through centuries. However in those days the tree was the basic material in building: dwellings and defensive buildings were built of it.

ХV - XVI centuries

ХV - XVI centuries In Ukraine the building of defensive works - castles, fortresses, shaft round cities and villages for protection against attacks of Turkish armies and Crimean-Tatar hordes got the wide scope. Local magnates used the castles for personal safety and serfs retention in obedience.

XVII-XVIII centuries

XVII-XVIII centuries From those times a lot of anonymous icon painting masterpieces remained. More often national icon painters apllied to the image of Blessed Virgin. On the icons of Cossack time the Virgin is represented in the national Ukrainian dress against a gilt carved vegetative ornament.

ХΙX century

ХΙX century If in the literature and theatre the language defined their national image, in such spheres as the fine arts, architecture, development of national forms  was more problematic. So, on the East Ukrainian lands it was possible to speak about certain Ukrainian-Russian unity in the fine arts. The matter is that within almost XIX century in Russian empire the Academy of arts in Petersburg was the main formation centre. The greatest possibilities for exhibitions and orders were also in the capital of empire.

XX century

 XX century After declaration of independence the state architecture continues to develop. In 1992 the Ukrainian academy of architecture revived, architecturally-building activity quickened, various architectural competitions were used more widely, active searches of progressive development ways of modern architecture of Ukraine were also conducted. Restoration of cultural heritage monuments began. Language of modern architecture becomes more and more international, pluralistic in creative styles.

The history of Ukrainian embroidery

The history of Ukrainian embroidery Ukrainian embroidery dates back to the Late Neolithic - Early Bronze Age (tribes of Tripoli culture). The elements of ornaments used by Trypillians, Sarmatians and Scythians are found even in the modern national embroidery. Among the earliest finds of art are the things that are dated VI century, found in the Cherkassy region near the village Martynivka.

The history of Ukrainian iconography and book miniatures

The history of Ukrainian iconography and book miniatures It is believed that the icons in the Kievan Rus was appeared after the baptism of the country by Prince Vladimir in 988. First in Rus there were not own icons, as the country was pagan. So people did pray not to saints but worshiped to the spirits and deities through small sanctuaries. Mystical powers and deities were depicted in the form of figurines of wood, stone, say or straw. The word "icon" is of Greek origin and is translated as "the image", so you can often hear there that people swear on the "image of the saints", and that "images" stand in the churches.

Ceramics and pottery in Ukraine

Ceramics and pottery in Ukraine The earliest potteries found in the territory of Ukraine belong to the Tripoli culture (2.5-2 thousand years BC). This people loved the rich ornament and generously applied it on vases, plates and pots. Undoubtedly, their culture has had a profound influence on later peoples, the Slavs, whose period begins around the VII century BC, aren’t the exception.

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