The public image of the ruler also changed under Peter which is apparent in imagery. One of the sources crucial to the reflection of Peter’s self-image (and the reflection of ideology in imagery) is the frontispiece of his emblem book published in Amsterdam in 1705 which became the handbook of western symbolism in Russia. In his talk Endre Sashalmi will compare this image with Simon Ushakov’s icon The Planting of the Tree of the Muscovite State (1668) in order to show the significant changes in the public image of the ruler, while discussing their relevance to the issue of secularization.
Endre Sashalmi is Professor of History and Deputy-Chairman of the Department of Medieval and Early Modern History, University of Pécs, Hungary.
With the kind support of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF)
Read a summury of this lecture by Clemena Antonova.