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April, 26 - September, 02, 2012

the Kirillo-Belozersky State Historical Architectural Art museum-reserve

Organised by:
the Kirillo-Belozersky State Historical Architectural Art museum-reserve in collaboration with the Moscow Kremlin Museums 

01# Icon of the Mother of GodThe exhibition has been intended as a representation of the Moscow school of icon painting, which had a considerable impact on the development of Russian art and culture in the XVIIth century. The exposed icons reveal the artistic manner and techniques, peculiar to various renowned Russian craftsmen, who have been producing their masterpieces as court painters in the Tsar’s workshops during the period.

The icons were crafted in the Tsar’s workshops therefore the themes, iconographic schemes, design and even stylistic features of the Russian XVIIth century icon-painting were influenced by the interests of the Royal family and conformed with the regulations of the official court departments.

The project incorporates over 30 masterpieces from the Moscow Kremlin collection, which were painted by the most distinguished artists of that time, i.e. Simon Ushakov, Fyodor Zubov, Mikhail Milutin, Kirill Ulanov and others. As the artworks carry a signature of the maker and due to a large number of historical documents, still preserved nowadays, the names of these masters are known today.

The exhibition is divided into two sections, those of the first one comprises icons of the iconostases from the Moscow Kremlin cathedrals and the second one presents christening (measured) icons with images of heavenly patrons of members of the Tsar’s family, icons painted on the occasion of the Tsar’s accession to the throne as well as icons with conventional portraits of Russian sovereigns. Both sections explores the emergence and development of new iconographic tradition and style within the art of icon painting during the XVIIth century, which combined the traditions of the late XVIth-century Russian painting with some features from local Russian schools and elements of the West-European painting.

The exhibition is worthy of visiting not only for researchers and collectors but for everyone who is interested in history of the Russian culture and artistic heritage.