Gothic fantasies by Nicholas Benois. The 210th anniversary of Peterhof’s chief architect
The SPbU Representative Office in Spain invites you to the online lecture "Gothic fantasies by Nicholas Benois. The 210th anniversary of Peterhof’s chief architect". Author and presenter — Evgenia Petrashen, Member of the Board of the St Petersburg Union of Architects, Senior Lecturer at the Design Department of St Petersburg University and Chief Architect and co-founder of the Benois Successors Architectural Bureau.
We will talk about the work of the outstanding architect Nicholas Benois, one of the top 100 architects in Russia, and immerse ourselves in the world of his Gothic fantasies, which come to life in the magnificent Peterhof, the ceremonial residence of Emperor Peter the Great, located on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, 30 kilometres from St Petersburg.
Learn about Nicholas Benois’ inspiration for his neo-Gothic masterpieces and how he translated his imagination into architectural form. What distinguishes the true Gothic style of the European Middle Ages from the Neo-Gothic style that became popular in Russia in the 19th century? We will examine the symbolism and influence of the Gothic style on the artistic creation of the Romantic era and explore the unique elements of the Gothic style in Nicholas Benois’s designs and the way he combined them with Russian tradition.
The lecture will be held as part of the events to mark the 300th anniversary of St Petersburg University, the oldest university in Russia.
The meeting will be held online in Russian with simultaneous interpreting into Spanish.