Alpatov, Mikhail (Vladimirovich)
- V. S. Turchin
(b Moscow, Dec 10, 1902; d Moscow, May 9, 1986).
Russian art historian. He graduated from Moscow University in 1921. Much of his time was devoted to teaching, at the Higher State Artistic and Technical Institute (Vkhutein), the Theatre and Architecture institutes, Moscow University and the institute attached to the Academy of Arts. His main areas of interest were Old Russian art, the art of the Renaissance, and Russian art of the 18th and 19th centuries. He was particularly concerned with the links between the art of different regions, trying to combine iconographical method with a stylistic analysis. His premise was that ‘art is a metaphor for life’. In his descriptions of works of art he aimed to provide a written equivalent of visual images, using his skills as a poet and artist. He was internationally respected and his work was published in the journals Iskusstvo, Slavia, Commentari, Belvedere, Revue des études grecques, among others. He became known in 1924...