Mikhail Alpatov

Alpatov, Mikhail Vladimirovich


Born Nov. 27 (Dec. 10), 1902, in Moscow. Soviet art historian. Honofed Artist of the RSFSR (1958). Member of the Academy of Arts of the USSR (1954). Studied at Moscow University (1919–21).

Alpatov has taught since 1925 at the Higher Art and Technical Studio; the Higher Art and Technical Institute; the Moscow Institute of Philosophy, Literature, and History; and Moscow State University. He has been a professor at the V. I. Surikov Art Institute in Moscow since 1943. Alpatov’s major works, which deal with problems in the art history of Russia and other countries, are marked by lively exposition, brilliant analysis of works of art, and a breadth of historical and cultural comparisons. He has been awarded the Order of Lenin and a medal.


Ital’ianskoe iskusstvo epokhi Dante i Dzhotto. Moscow-Leningrad, 1939.
Vseobshchaia istoriia iskusstv, vols. 1–3. Moscow-Leningrad, 1948–55.
AleksandrAndreevich Ivanov:Zhizn’ i tvorchestvo. Moscow, 1956.
Etiudy po istorii zapadnoevropeiskogo iskusstva. Moscow-Leningrad, 1939. 2nd ed., Moscow, 1963.
Etiudy po istorii russkogo iskusstva, vols. 1–2. Moscow, 1967.
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And if Luxemburg would have had reservations about Mikhail Alpatov's description of Paraskeva as an 'image of lofty femininity, chastity and piety', she would really have liked the rest of his statement: 'There are no grounds for thinking that as he prayed to St Paraskeva a Novgorodian had only the next market day in mind' (Alpatov, q.
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