How did social and political events influence art in Russia?

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  •  At different points in its history, the country was also strongly influenced by the culture of Western Europe. Since the reforms of Peter the Great, for two centuries Russian culture largely developed in the general context of European culture rather than pursuing its own unique ways. The situation changed in the 20th century, when the Communist ideology became a major factor in the culture of the Soviet Union, where Russia, in the form of the Russian SFSR, was the largest and leading part.

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  • As in the case of other regions of the world, the art and culture of Russia was heavily influenced by history and politics.

    In terms of style, the aesthetics of Russian art are often similar to those of other Slavic countries, such as Ukraine and Belarus. However, Russia also received the influence of many different peoples and empires, such as the Greeks, the Vikings, the Mongols or the Byzantine empire. However, as the power in Russia became more consolidated, the country became more isolated, giving rise to an original Slavo-Russian style that remains dominant in the country.

    In terms of its politics, Russian art has often reflected the political conditions of the country. In its early years, the country had a heavy influence of Viking and Byzantine art, which eventually contributed to the development of Orthodox Slavic culture. After this, Christianity played an important role in art. Moreover, the establishment of the Russian Empire, the Revolution, and the creation of a Communist Russia were all reflected in changes in art.