THE PALACE AS A PORTRAIT OF ITS OWNER
The conference has been held as a part of the official schedule of the celebration
of Peter the Great 350th anniversary
On 27-28 September 2021, the XII conference of the Peterhof State Museum-Reserve was held. This was the second time it had been held online in the autumn. The discussion was devoted to comprehension of the fate of the palaces that belonged to Peter the Great and his contemporaries. Over the course of two days this subject was discussed by researchers from Russia and Europe, representatives of Peter the Great's museums and sites from St. Petersburg, Moscow, Orel, Taganrog, Azov, Vologda, Derbent, Petrozavodsk, Voronezh, Yaroslavl, and also from Paris (France), Zaandam (the Netherlands), Bratislava (Slovakia), Narva and Tallinn (Estonia). The conference participants focused on various issues relating to the history of the construction and use of the palaces and the preservation
of Peter the Great's memory in museum spaces in Russia and abroad.
Architectural initiatives of Peter I are numerous, many cities are proud of the houses, where Peter I stayed, buildings and fortresses laid by Peter I himself or built according to his projects. Some of them, like the ensemble of the Peterhof palaces, have been preserved in memorial integrity for three centuries.
Palaces of Peter the Great, as well as the architectural complexes designed or inspired by him, could be interpreted as "portraits" of the first Emperor of Russia - the embodiment of his personal qualities, political and aesthetic priorities,
and the historical and cultural experience he gained during his European travels. The historical dynamics of the attitude to Peter I as a political figure can be traced in the fate of Peter's architectural monuments.
You can watch a specific speech by clicking on it in the conference program.
Working group of the conference:
Anna V. Liashko, Cand. Sc. Cultural Studies, Head of Department of Cultural Heritage Preservation and Learning,
Pavel V. Petrov, Ph.D. in History, Head of Museum Research Department,
Alexey A. Ashikhmin, Specialist of Museum Research Department