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Exhibition May 24 − September 15, 2019

Icons. Treasures from Russian museums

Exhibition“Icons. Treasures from Russian museums » in the City Museum of Ljubljana - the first in Slovenia, dedicated to this outstanding cultural heritage. The icons included in this exhibition and its accompanying catalog cover the end of the 13th - the beginning of the 20th centuries. That is, from the moment when Russian iconography overturned the Byzantine traditions brought into it, and to the period of the Bolshevik revolution, when icons as objects of worship were transferred to storerooms and museum vaults, and many were even destroyed during the systematic elimination of everything related to church and religion. .

The institution was entrusted with better works from the collections of the three largest museums that are important custodians of Russian cultural heritage - the State Tretyakov Gallery, the Yaroslavl Art Museum and the Sergiev Posad State History and Art Museum. The staff of these institutes carefully selected the icons for compliance with the theme and chronological framework of the exhibition.

The dominant motif of the exhibits at the exhibition is the Mother of God, whose icons were most revered and, therefore, most widely written in Russia. Their peculiarity is that, as a rule, it is processing of ancient originals. They are copied from century to century, and their power is transferred from image to image. Hence, numerous images of the Mother of God, whose names remind of the originals - Bogolyubskaya, Korsunskaya, Shuiskaya, Tikhvinskaya, Vladimirskaya and others. At the beginning of the 20th century there were over 400 different types of icons of the Mother of God.