For Immediate Release
Event Date: May 2 through September 12, 2015
London's British Museum lends rare icons and artifacts to
Museum of Russian Icons, Clinton, MA
This is the first time the British Museum in London has lent
Saint John the Baptist (Constantinople c. 1300) and the famous Saint George and
the Dragon (also known as “Black Saint George”, Pskov, late 14th century) to a
museum in the U.S.A.
Saint John the Baptist, Byzantine, c. 1300
Clinton, Massachusetts, April 22, 2015
(McKenzieNewsService.com) - The Museum of Russian
Icons in Clinton, MA will have a new exhibit on display
May 2 through September 12, 2015, called
Byzantium to Russia:
Origins and Development of Russian Icons, 1200 to 1900.
This exceptional, compelling
selection of forty eight icons and extraordinary artifacts from the British
Museum traces the stylistic development of sacred art from ancient Byzantium,
center of Christian civilization, to the introduction of Christianity to Russia.
The exhibition of rare icons will also include Byzantine cast metal objects,
ivories and engraved gems.
This is the first time the renowned British Museum in London has lent Saint John
the Baptist (Constantinople c. 1300) and the famous Saint George and the Dragon
(Pskov, late 14th century) to a museum in the U.S.A. These extraordinarily rare
icons—two of the oldest and finest icons in existence—alone are worth a visit to
the exhibit. In addition to the icons and artifacts from the British Museum, the
exhibition will be augmented with related icons from the collection of the
Museum of Russian Icons.
The Origins and Development of Russian Icons was organized by the Museum of
Russian Icons and curated by Museum Founder Gordon B. Lankton, Research Fellow
Prof. Raoul Smith and Museum CEO and Curator Kent Russell.
The Museum of Russian Icons collection of more than 1000 Russian icons and
artifacts is the largest of its kind in North America, and one of the largest
private collections outside Russia. Spanning six centuries, the art includes
important historical paintings from the earliest periods of iconography to the
present. The Museum was founded in 2006 as a nonprofit educational institution
by Massachusetts industrialist, philanthropist and art collector, Gordon B.
Admission: Adults $10; Seniors (59 +), $7; Students, $5;
Children 3-17, $5; Children under 3, free.
The museum is located at 203 Union
Street, Clinton, Massachusetts.
Phone: (978) 598-5000
Other Exhibits at the Museum:
Museum Acquisition: Rare Royal Doors from a Russian
to Museum Members and with Museum Admission
The Museum is pleased to announce a major acquisition of an extremely
rare pair of Royal Doors, circa 1600, originating from a region in
Russia, north of Moscow, renowned for these artifacts. The provenance,
as published in the European art press, verifies the set is from a
private collection in Holland acquired in the1960s. They are
installed in a “Iconostasis Room” in the Museum’s South Gallery. The
room will showcase icons related to iconostases (or altar screen
decorated with icons) in the Museum collection. Learn
Festival Row Icons
Museum is pleased to announce the acquisition of 12 Festival Row Icons.
The Museum’s First Artist-in-Residence, Alexander Gassel, created and
painted the traditional frame that holds the 12 icons, now permanently
installed in the Upper South Gallery of the Museum. Visitors were able
to observe Gassel as he worked on painting and applying gold leaf to the
frame in a customary 17th century floral and vine motif. This provided a
unique opportunity to see an expert iconographer recreate a 17th century
Learn more about the Festival Row and see a
slideshow of Alexander Gassel in action.
Contact: Rob Zeleniak or Laura Garrity-Arquitt
Phone: (978) 598-5000
Media Visits: Complimentary media visits for journalists
on assignment or with approved credentials. If you are unable to accept a
courtesy visit, a press rate can be negotiated.
Museum of Russian Icons
203 Union Street, Clinton, Massachusetts, 01510