Album Number 14: Drawings and Sketches by Students of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra Monastery Workshop


The collection of kuzhbushki (a corrupt form of the German, Kunstbuch, meaning “book of art”) held by the V.I. Vernadsky National Library of Ukraine contains albums of drawings by teachers and students at the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra Monastery icon-painting workshop. Also included in the collection are albums containing examples of West European engravings from the 16th–18th centuries. The Kiev-Pechersk Lavra Monastery workshop was one of the oldest art schools in Eastern Europe. Among the drawings in this album are portraits of prominent church and political figures, sketches on religious and mythological subjects, landscapes and ornamental designs, genre scenes, and anatomy exercises, many of which are signed and dated by the artists. Kuzhbushki constitute an important historical source for the study of the development of easel and mural painting in Ukraine. They testify to the artistic and cultural connections between Ukrainian and West European art and constitute a unique monument of Ukrainian and broader East Slavonic culture and art of the 18th century.

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Альбом № 14. Києво-Печерська (Лаврська) іконописна школа (Кужбушки)

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110 folios : 220 drawings

Last updated: December 24, 2013