Òheme of the Issue:
The common theme of the two first issues of the year, “Preserving and Studying the National Heritage”, is represented in this issue in two main sections: “Monuments of Russian Art” and “Epoch. Artist. Image”. The authors of most of the articles regard a monument as an “absolute value” in art studies, focusing on its historical and artistic biography, current existence and scientific assessment. The issue covers many discoveries, as well as concepts and a whole range of creative works introduced by researchers to scientific practice. The geography of newly found works of Russian artistic culture is vast: from Greece to the expanses of Kaluga and Yaroslavl regions and to museum vaults.