This talk will introduce the collaborative research project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council UK (2013-15): ‘The Power of Print: Dutch Propaganda for a New Russia’.
This project considers one of the most important cross-cultural uses of political imagery in the early modern period: Czar Peter I’s 1698 commission of Dutch printmaker Adriaen Schoonebeek to found a school of European printmaking in Russia. It contributes to recent research on Dutch-Russian exchange in this period by bringing together scholars from Britain, The Netherlands and Russia to consider the material, historical, and ideological problems raised by this significant moment in print culture. I will discuss our programme of research and some of the insights that have emerged from it before presenting my own work on the important collection prints by Romeyn de Hooghe in collection of The State Hermitage Museum. With my project partners, Dr Elmer Kolfin and Professor Roman Grigoryev, I am editing a volume of essays, Global Networks in Print: Dutch-Russian Exchange in the Petrine Era, which will be published by Brepols.
Dr Meredith Hale is the Speelman Fellow in Netherlandish Art at Wolfson College, Cambridge. Her interests include early modern print culture, political satire and the reception of Netherlandish art in Britain. She was the Principal Investigator of the project.