The Leonardo da Vinci Society
Cordially invites you to
Italy’s Impact on Russia
An illustrated lecture by Alexander Kugushev
Thursday, January 15 at 7:30 pm
Museo Italo Americano
Fort Mason, Building C, San Francisco
Free for members of The Leonardo da Vinci Society
Suggested donation for non members: $10
Winter Palace, St. Petersburg, Francesco Rastrelli (18th c.)
“For us, Italy is not a geographical or political concept. Italy is an eternal element of the spirit, the eternal realm of human creativity. Nowhere does a Russian feel as well as in Italy.”
Nikolai Berdyaev (from “Italy, O Second Mother”)
Unbeknown to many in the West, Italians influenced Russian culture significantly since the 12th century — notably in architecture, but also in music, art and literature. Alexander Kugushev will tell us about the many effects of Italy’s imprint on Russia before the 1917 revolution.
Alexander Kugushev was born in France, of Russian parents, and schooled successively in Yugoslavia, Switzerland and Argentina. He is a journalist by training and a publisher by trade. He published college textbooks for forty years and finished his career as an entrepreneur, publishing on the Internet. As an adolescent he lived through World War II, the defining experience of his life. He has traveled to well over 70 countries and speaks seven languages. He has written three books and is writing another.