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Exhibition May 5, 2021 − March 13, 2022

Orthodox church vestments of the 17th - early 20th centuries in the Hermitage collection

The State Hermitage is holding an exhibition "Orthodox church vestments of the 17th - early 20th centuries in the collection of the Hermitage".

For the first time, the audience is presented with a large collection of service clothes from the Hermitage collection.
Chronologically, the exhibits of the exhibition date back to the 17th - early 20th centuries and make it possible to show the whole variety of techniques for decorating church clothes and stylistic changes in the design of vestments during this period.

Carefully preserved in the museum collection, these monuments of material culture are of great artistic, historical and memorial value. They are outstanding works of decorative and applied art - unique samples of embroidery and weaving, in which the creativity of folk embroiderers has found embodiment.

The liturgical garments of the 19th century look especially spectacular and varied in the way they are finished, a time when different styles of the past began to be carried away throughout Europe. During this period, in the design of Orthodox vestments, European influences and Russian traditional techniques were often combined, one of which was gold embroidery. To obtain additional expressive means, gold-embroiderers put cardboard, and sometimes a cord or cotton wool under the embroidery, which made it embossed and enriched with the play of light and shade, further emphasizing the shine of gold.

Prepared based on materials from the official website of the museum The State Hermitage Museum.