Feast of the Annunciation

Exhibition April 4 − May 12
The Annunciation is one of the main feasts of the church calendar. It is dedicated to the story based on the Gospel of Luke - the appearance of the Archangel Gabriel to Mary with the good news of the birth of the Savior. The exhibition presents the icon of the Annunciation and chant manuscripts. The icon, created in the third quarter of the 16th century, combines the dynamic iconography associated with the Novgorod artistic tradition and the soft manner of execution typical of Central Russian masters.

Singing manuscripts with chants to the feast belong to different areas of Old Believers' literature - Guslitsy and Pomorie near Moscow. The second manuscript preserves some peculiarities of Old Russian singing culture - inserted syllables symbolizing the angelic language.

The exhibition features the Magnification of the Archangel's Voice and verses to the Annunciation performed by the Ex Libris Ensemble under the direction of Daniil Sayapin. The recording was made especially for this exhibition project.

The curator of the exhibition is L.V. Kondrashkova, a senior researcher of the research department of the Andrei Rublev Museum, candidate of art history, musicologist.
Galleries at the exhibition