Some Recent Soviet Publications on Byelorussian Art and Architecture

In recent years we have been treated to a flood of Soviet publications on Belarusian art, ranging from colourfully illustrated guide books and souvenir editions with minimal texts, through selections from the works of contemporary and pre-revolutionary artists to more sober and scholarly tomes on specialist topics... In most Soviet works limitations are ... presented by the ideological framework within which authors are obliged to consider even the apparently most politically uncontroversial items...

The four works examined below all illustrate these problems to greater or lesser degree, but all indicate that considerable progress is being made in the study of some fundamental aspects of Belarusian art history...