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Art students sketching a man in the hopes of being admitted to an art school in Russia
February 6, 2021

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Candidates compete for admission to the prestigious Repin Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia. This photo originally appeared in the September 1998 issue in a story tracking the lasting influence of Catherine the Great, who expanded and renamed the famous school in 1764.
Photograph by Sisse Brimberg, Nat Geo Image Collection
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