Dr Rosalind Polly Blakesley is Reader in Russian and European Art and a Fellow of Pembroke College at the University of Cambridge. She also co-directs the Cambridge Courtauld Russian Art Centre, a bi-institutional research facility with developing international partnerships for the study of Russian and Soviet art (www.ccrac.org.uk). A specialist in the Arts and Crafts Movement and in the art of Imperial Russia, Blakesley has curated and advised on exhibitions of Russian art in London, Cambridge, Moscow, Darmstadt, and Washington DC, and is a Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery in London.
Her publications include ‘From Realism to the Silver Age: New Studies in Russian Artistic Culture’ (co-editor, 2014); ‘Russian Art and the West: a Century of Dialogue in Painting, Architecture and the Decorative Arts’ (co-editor, 2007); ‘The Arts and Crafts Movement’ (2006); ‘An Imperial Collection: Women Artists from the State Hermitage Museum’ (co-editor, 2003); and ‘Russian Genre Painting in the Nineteenth Century’ (under her maiden name of Rosalind P. Gray, 2000). She is now working on a book entitled ‘The Russian Canvas: Painting in Imperial Russia, 1757-1873’.