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Enigmatic Faces

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Unique Russian icons and iconostases are on display in the Rumyantsev Mansion.

The exhibition “Icons of the 17th to Early 20th Centuries” features the best examples from the State Museum of the History of St. Petersburg’s extensive collection of Russian icon-painting. The exhibits give an impression of the rich variety of the museum’s collection and the main trends in the development of the art of icon-painting in the New Age. They include works by masters from St. Petersburg, Moscow, Palekh, Kholui and Mstera, icon-painters of the Russian North and the mining and metallurgical areas of the Urals. There are collections of icons for iconostases, large table icons and smaller works — icons for private, domestic prayer.

Particular attention is given to unique iconostases from Peter and Paul Fortress: from the private church in the Commandant’s House and from the Catherine Chapel in Peter and Paul Cathedral. The former is Alexander I’s travelling iconostasis which accompanied the emperor on his 1813—1814 campaign. It comprises nine icons, probably painted by masters at the Moscow Armoury in the last quarter of the 17th century in a rare technique — painting on silk. The latter, a temporary reconstruction of the three-tier iconostasis from the Catherine Chapel, is based on archive descriptions and historic photographs that have survived.

The earliest icons in the display are of particular interest: “St. Nicholas of Mozhaisk”, “St. John the Divine in Silence” and an Old Believer icon “St. Cyril of Alexandria”.

The exhibition can be seen until 2 June 2019.

44 Angliyskaya Nab. (entrance in Galernaya Ulitsa). T: 571 7544.

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March 2019

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