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  • Icon. Miracle of St. George and the Dragon. Second quarter of 15th c. Novgorod. Wood(two boards, two single-end dowels), tempera. 58.5х42х3
  • Icon. Synaxis of Archangels Michael and Gabriel. Latter half of 13th c. Veliky Ustyug (?). Wood(four boards, two external dowels, two end dowels), pavoloka, tempera.165х118х3.3
  • Icon. Sts. John of the Ladder, George and Blaise.Latter half of 13th c. Novgorod. Wood (two boards, traces of the original end and external back dowels, later opposing dowels), pavoloka, tempera.108.7х67.5х3.4
  • Icon. Great Martyr Demetrius of Thessalonica. Second quarter – mid 15th c. Pskov. Wood (pine, two boards, two full-length insert dowels), kovcheg, pavoloka, tempera. 87.8х66.8х3.6
  • Icon.St. Cyril of Belozersk, with his vita in twenty-one border scenes. Early 16th c. Dionysius and his workshop. Moscow. Wood (two pine boards, two opposing embedded dowels), kovcheg, pavolok.  150.5х116.7
  • Fragment of the Diadem. 12th c. Kiev. Gold, pearls, cloisonné.34x5.7x0.5
  • Icon. The Descent into Hell with Deesis and selected saints. Late 14th to mid-15th c. Pskov. Wood (two boards, two (later) full-length dowels), pavoloka , tempera 82х66х2.7
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27 October 2011 - 05 February 2012
St. Michael's Castle

The exhibition devoted to the culture of Ancient Russia presents about 350 works of the 10th - 18th centuries from the collections of the 19 Russian museums, libraries and archives. The unique examples of icon-painting, jewelry art, needlework, applied arts, sculpture, the rare manuscripts, printed books and birch bark letters reveal the creative role of the Orthodoxy in the history of the Russian State. For the first time the masterpieces by the Russian masters are presented in the single expositional space that creates the impressionable, large-scaled and integrated picture of the Old Russian art from its sources till the epoch of Peter the Great. Among the most significant exhibits there are presented the fragment of the Ostromir Gospel that is the oldest surviving East Slavic Manuscript book, the Krater (chalice, intended for Eucharist vine) from Novgorod of the XI century, Icon of the Vladimir Mother of God of the time of Andrei Rublev, the Gospel of 1507, The Venerable Sergius of Radonezh shroud and the unique works of the European art.

The thematic sections of the exhibitions recreate the solemn and enlightened image of the Holy Russia and carry to modern viewer the eternal spiritual values and the ethical ideals of the Russian Orthodoxy culture.


The exhibition is organized on the initiative of Dmitry Medvedev, the President of the Russian Federation