The purpose of H-SHERA is to promote research, provide a forum for ongoing conversations on areas of mutual interest, and foster contacts and collaboration among scholars of East European, Eurasian, and Russian art and architecture. This page will be a collection of research and teaching resources in East European, Eurasian, and Russian art and architecture. To submit an item or suggest a category for H-SHERA's Resources page, please contact the editors at editorial-shera@mail.h-net.org.

Member Research (on SHERA website)

Research Resources (on SHERA website)

SHERA listserv logs 2004-2007

Image Permissions Contact List (List of contacts for obtaining photography and image permissions for Russian, East European, and Eurasian art and architecture)

Web Resources on Architecture (by Anna P. Sokolina)

Online Resources

Blavatnik Archive Foundation

The Blavatnik Archive Foundation specializes in Soviet, Jewish, and world history with a special emphasis on WWI, WWII and the interwar period. Materials, spanning across a plethora of collections, comprise 113,000 individual assets. Mostly paper ephemera, materials include: postcards, posters, lithographs, Russian empire and Soviet era periodicals, photographs, as well as letters, diaries, and video testimonies. The latter are testimonies by Jewish veterans who fought in the Soviet Armed forces during WWII. While many assets are still in the cataloging process, over 10,000 individual assets are available online.

The website was specifically designed with scholars in mind, and creating an account allows to create private folders with specific materials, deep zoom, comparison and annotation of images from our and other repositories, and, search across every possible metadata set.

All of BAF’s materials are completely free of charge, and have been implemented in both academic works and materials – films, exhibitions, mass media – for the general public.

Art Criticism in Context, 1814-1909

From the website:

Russian Visual Arts: Art Criticism in Context, 1814-1909 is an online research archive documenting the growth of diverse forms of commentary on the visual arts (particularly painting) in Russia from the early ninteenth- to early twentieth centuries.

The archive contains over 100 hundred primary texts, in Russian and in many cases in new English translations, as well as over 300 digital images of journal and newspaper reproductions of works of art. A comprehensive editorial structure places these rare and/or previously unpublished works in their cultural and historical context. This editorial work includes introductions to the critics and the texts, new annotations to the translations, a glossary, a timeline of the development of art criticism, and an extensive bibliographical database.

Russian Visual Arts: Art Criticism in Context, 1814-1909 grew from a three-year project called Russian Visual Arts: Documents from the British Library Collection, which was funded between 2000-2003 by an Arts and Humanities Research Board (now the Arts and Humanities Research Council) major research award. The project was established jointly by the Department of Russian at the University of Exeter and the Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies at the University of Sheffield. This site is hosted by The Humanities Research Institute at Sheffield University.

Russian Art Archive Network (RAAN)

Resource: Russian Art Archive Network (RAAN)

Description: An international online platform, initiated by the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art (Moscow), bringing together archives on contemporary Russian art (postwar to the present) from the collections of Garage and partner institutions, including the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers and the Forschungstelle Osteuropa in Bremen. 

Type of resource: database and digitized documents

Years: 1950s-present

Format: scans available online

Mir iskusstva (magazine, digitized)

Resource: Mir iskusstva (World of Art)

Description: Russian art magazine founded in 1898 in St. Petersburg by Alexandre Benois, Léon Bakst, and Sergei Diaghilev, who served as chief editor. The founders aimed at assailing what they saw as the low artistic standards of the obsolescent Peredvizhniki school and promoting artistic individualism and other principles of Art Nouveau. The magazine served as the organ for the artistic movement of the same name, and was supported by the Princess Maria Tenisheva and the industrialist Savva Mamontov.

Type of resource: digitized issues

Years: 1899-1904

Format: pdf

Forgotten Heritage (digital project)

From the website:

"Forgotten Heritage is a project supported by Creative Europe, lead by Arton Foundation (Warsaw) with partners from Belgium (Luca School of Art www.luca-arts.be), Croatia (UzF – Office for Photography www.croatian-photography.com), Estonia (Kumu Art Museum www.kumu.ekm.ee) and Germany (Plural www.pluralnet.de)

The project includes the development of an innovative online repository featuring digitised archives of Polish, Croatian, Estonian, Belgian and French artists of the avant-garde movement occurring in the second half of the 20 th century. The repository will contain approximately 8 thousand of sorted and classified archive entries, including descriptive data. Such a rich collection will be presented using an innovative and highly transparent format for easier browsing, analysis of and comparative work with the archive entries. The project runs until May 2018."

Novyi Mir (full print run digitized online)

Monthly literary journal founded in 1925 and published continuously to the present.


Free online portal making available to researchers graphic collections from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Operted by the Deutschen Dokumentationsczentrum für Kunstgeschichte - Bildarchiv Foto Marburg, part of the Philipps-Universität Marburg. 

Stalin Poster of the Week (blog)


From the author of the site: 

‘Stalin poster of the week’ is a weekly excursion into the fascinating world of propaganda posters of Iosif Stalin. Here, I showcase some of the most interesting Stalin posters, based on my extensive research in the archives of the Russian State Library, and analyse what makes these images such successful propaganda. As the RSL poster collection is not digitised (nor are there any plans to do so), these posters remain largely unpublished and inaccessible to scholars, except by visiting the archives of the RSL in Moscow. The blog functions as a database of poster images that I hope will be useful for scholars across a wide range of disciplines.

Derfner Judaica Museum + Art Collection (Online Database)

Online database from the collection of the Derfner Judaica Museum + Art Collection at Hebrew Home at Riverdale, NY. The collection includes 250+ works of art originating from many countries and created during the Communist era. These were acquired via Eric Estorick of the famed London-based Grosvenor Gallery, which showed many artists from behind the Iron Curtain in the 1950s and 60s, and many of the works are not held by any other institution in the United States. (The museum has done a number of thematic exhibitions focusing on these works.)

The collection includes such names as Hloznik, Rabin, Ivanov, Kuznetsov, Papikian, Gavrilov, Ermolaev, Ossovsky, Konfar, Fremund, and many others.  More works are being added as the institution gains permissions. An overview of the entire collection and history is here: https://www.riverspringhealth.org/art

Posted on behalf of Emily O'Leary, Associate Curator, Derfner Judaica Museum + The Art Collection. --ed.

Art in Translation, Special issue: Russian Art and Architecture of the early Twentieth Century.

Art in Translation Special issue: Russian Art and Architecture of the early Twentieth Century.
Guest Editors: Igor Dukhan and Richard Anderson
Volume 8, Issue 2 (Nov. 2016)

Pages: 169-193
Published online: 08 Nov 2016
Pages: 221-241
Published online: 08 Nov 2016
Pages: 242-258
Published online: 08 Nov 2016
Pages: 259-277
Published online: 08 Nov 2016


About the journal:

"Art in Translation (AIT) publishes the best writing from around the world on the visual arts, architecture, and design in English translation. The journal was launched on 26 February 2009 with generous funding from the Getty Foundation, Los Angeles. Initially published three times a year, Art in Translation increased its frequency to four times a year, starting with volume 3.1 in 2011.

Art in Translation is published by Taylor and Francis, Routledge."

Apollon journal (facsimile edition and additional materials)

Resource: Apollon journal full print run facsimile; audio recordings from the centennial conference on Apollon held at the Pushkin House November 9, 2009; edited volume of archival materials (ed. P.V. Dmitriev); and 1967 dissertation on Apollon and Russian Modernism by Denis Mickiewicz

Description: Apollon was a monthly literary journal published in St. Petersburg between 1909 and 1918; founded by critic Sergei Makovsky, it included on its editorial board I.F. Annensky, A. N. Benois, Vyacheslav Ivanov, and A.L. Volynsky, and among its contributors Аlexander Blok, Valery Bryusov, Мaximilian Voloshin, Osip Mandel'stam, М. А. Kuzmin, Nikolai Gumilev, G. I. Chulkov, Boris Eichenbaum, Boris Tomashevsky, Lev Bakst, N. N. Vrangel, М. V. Dobuzhinsky, N. N. Evreinov, V. E. Meyerhold, and Nikolai Punin, among others.

Type of resource: Facsimile edition; conference audio; e-book, dissertation

Years: 1909-1918

Format: pdf and mp3 downloads

Source: Vyacheslav Ivanov Research Center in Rome (www.v-ivanov.it)

Russian Futurist Books (digital collection)

Resource: Russian Futurist books

Description: Digital collection of 144 books by Russian Futurists artists and poets like David Burliuk, Natal'ia Goncharova, Elena Guro, Aleksei Kruchenykh, Kazimir Malevich, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Velimir Khlebnikov, and others.

Type of resource: Digitized books

Years: 144 books mostly from the 1910s-1920s, with a few examples after 1930

Format: Available to view in a native viewer, with individual pages available for download as .jpg files

Source: State Public Historical Library of Russia Electronic Collections (elib.shpl.ru)

Sovetskoe foto (digitized issues)

Resource: Sovetskoe foto (Soviet Photography)

Description: Soviet illustrated monthly magazine for amateur and professional photographers and film-makers published by the USSR Union of Journalists. The magazine published both Soviet and international photographers, as well as articles on photographic theory, practice, and history.

Type of resource: digitized issues

Years: 437 issues spanning 1926-1991

Format: pdf and EPUB, available for download

Source: Internet Archive (archive.org)