Smolny Beyond Borders

A Liberal Arts Initiative

Maria Chernysheva

Ph.D. in Theory and History of Art (St. Petersburg State University)

Maria Chernysheva is an art historian focusing on nineteenth-century visual culture, particularly on Russian and French art. In her research, she explores how art reflects historical consciousness and treats women as historical figures, and examines the connections between Russian orientalist painting and Russian colonialism in Central Asia, among other topics. She taught at the Department of Liberal Arts and Sciences / Smolny College (St.-Petersburg State University). She is the author of a book on Édouard Manet (2002) and a textbook on Mimesis in Visual Arts from Greek Classic to French Surrealism (2014). She has published in the journals Die Welt der Slaven, New Literary Review, Ab Imperio, Art History, and others.