The Museum of Russian Icons

The Museum of Russian Icons The Museum of Russian Icons exhibits one of the world’s largest collections of Russian icons — sacred paintings used for veneration in the Orthodox tradition. With more than 1,000 icons and artifacts it is the largest collection outside of Russia.
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The Museum of Russian Icons inspires the appreciation and study of Russian culture by collecting and exhibiting icons and related objects; igniting the interest of national and international audiences; and offering interactive educational programs. The Museum serves as a leading center for research and scholarship through the Center for Icon Studies and other institutional collaborations. In addition to keeping our Facebook followers informed about exhibitions, programs, news, and events at the Museum of Russian Icons, we post stories, photos, links, and other content related to the diverse and fascinating topic of Russian art and culture. To learn more visit our About section http://museumofrussianicons.org/en/about/the-museum/history-of-the-museum/ or our Frequently Asked Questions section http://museumofrussianicons.org/en/about/the-museum/faq/ on our website.

All you need is love, love. Love is all you need (and a fabulous venue!)Did you know you can host your engagement party,...
02/14/2020

All you need is love, love. Love is all you need (and a fabulous venue!)

Did you know you can host your engagement party, bridal shower, or wedding at the Museum? Surround your guests with history, art, and opulence and create an experience they will never forget. Give us a call today to find out more!

#valentinesday #weddingseason #lovelovelove

These stunning lacquer boxes were photographed by the very talented Erb Photography several weeks ago. This is just a sm...
02/13/2020

These stunning lacquer boxes were photographed by the very talented Erb Photography several weeks ago. This is just a small sample of the boxes that will be on exhibit in August. Details coming soon! #russianlacquerboxes #palekh #Fedoskino #Kholui #Mstera

Attention college and graduate students! The Museum is offering two great summer internships - one in curatorial and one...
02/05/2020
Employment & Volunteering

Attention college and graduate students! The Museum is offering two great summer internships - one in curatorial and one in education. Click on the link below to read all the details.

https://www.museumofrussianicons.org/employment-and-volunteering/

EMPLOYMENT AND VOLUNTEERING DOCENT PROGRAMDocents are our volunteer tour guides who work with the public to enhance the visitor experience through formal guided tours as well as informal one-on-one conversations. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about icons, Russian culture, and art history,...

The Presentation of Jesus at the temple is one of the twelve Great Feasts. This feast celebrates the day Mary and Joseph...
02/02/2020

The Presentation of Jesus at the temple is one of the twelve Great Feasts. This feast celebrates the day Mary and Joseph took Jesus to the Temple in Jerusalem forty days after his birth to perform the redemption of the firstborn son. Icons depicting this biblical scene also include Saint Simeon and Anna the Prophetess. For those who celebrate Christmas on January 7th, according to the Old Calendar, this feast day lands on February 15th.

Presentation of Jesus at the Temple
c1600

The First Sunday of the month is February 2 and we all know what that means–free admission at the Museum of Russian Icon...
01/31/2020

The First Sunday of the month is February 2 and we all know what that means–free admission at the Museum of Russian Icons. What's not to love!

01/30/2020
In the 11th century Constantinople, there was a debate as to which of the three hierarchs was the greatest. The three hi...
01/30/2020

In the 11th century Constantinople, there was a debate as to which of the three hierarchs was the greatest. The three hierarchs in question were Saint Basil the Great, Saint Gregory the Theologian, and Saint John Chrysostom. It is said that the three hierarchs appeared together in a vision to St. John Mauropous, bishop of Euchaita, in the year 1084, and said that they were equal before God: "There are no divisions among us, and no opposition to one another." As a result, the feast day commemorating all three was assigned to January 30th thanks to Byzantine Emperor Alexios I Komnenos.

Today is the feast day for the Synaxis of the Three Holy Hierarchs. For Eastern Orthodox Churches using the Old Calendar the feast day lands on February 12th.

Three Hierarchs
circa 1575

Great having Erb Photography here today to photograph our very reflective lacquer box collection. They always do a fabul...
01/27/2020

Great having Erb Photography here today to photograph our very reflective lacquer box collection. They always do a fabulous job!

Great having the St. John School visit yesterday! #catholicschool #schoolgroups
01/24/2020

Great having the St. John School visit yesterday! #catholicschool #schoolgroups

Thank you to the Flower Shop @ DiMeco's for this gorgeous bouquet of flowers! #localflorist #lancaster #massachusetts #f...
01/22/2020

Thank you to the Flower Shop @ DiMeco's for this gorgeous bouquet of flowers!

#localflorist #lancaster #massachusetts #fragrant #nofilter #roses #eucalyptus #proteas #hydrangeas #shoplocal

Sir Anton Dolin's early career in Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes led him to become the first internationally acclaimed...
01/22/2020

Sir Anton Dolin's early career in Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes led him to become the first internationally acclaimed British male ballet star and a founding member of major ballet companies in Britain and the United States.

His real name was Sydney Francis Patrick Chippendall Healey- Kay. His friends called him Pat. After dancing in Diaghilev's 1921 London production of ''The Sleeping Princess,'' he changed his name to Dolin. He became a soloist with Diaghilev's Ballets Russes in 1924.

See this and more images of the stars of the Ballets Russes in our exhibition of photographs by Emil Otto Hoppé. On view until March 8.

Graffiti Artists Take Icons From The Church To The Street
01/16/2020
Graffiti Artists Take Icons From The Church To The Street

Graffiti Artists Take Icons From The Church To The Street

In Moscow, large-scale Orthodox icons rendered in spray paint decorate bridges and underpasses. They're the work of artist Aleksandr Tsypkov and fellow creators who believe that everyone, not just church-goers, should be able to see religious art.

#MuseumSelfieDay with staff in the Emil Otto Hoppé: Photographs of the Ballets Russes exhibition.
01/15/2020

#MuseumSelfieDay with staff in the Emil Otto Hoppé: Photographs of the Ballets Russes exhibition.

Come in from the wind today and hear author/illustrator Lynn Curlee talk about his new book The Great Nijinsky and discu...
01/12/2020

Come in from the wind today and hear author/illustrator Lynn Curlee talk about his new book The Great Nijinsky and discuss the famous Ballets Russes star’s life. 2pm. Members free, nonmembers admission +2.

Today is the fourth day of the Afterfeast of the Theophany of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This icon, from our perm...
01/10/2020

Today is the fourth day of the Afterfeast of the Theophany of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This icon, from our permanent collection, depicts the baptism of Christ, c.1650. https://bit.ly/2R2wSIV

Great to have our exhibition of E.O. Hoppé photographs of the Ballets Russes featured on the Current Exhibitions page of...
01/08/2020

Great to have our exhibition of E.O. Hoppé photographs of the Ballets Russes featured on the Current Exhibitions page of The North American Reciprocal Museum Association website!

Emil Otto Hoppé: Photographs of the Ballets Russes
On view through March 8, 2020
Museum of Russian Icons
Clinton, Massachusetts
www.museumofrussianicons.org

"Emil Otto Hoppé: Photographs from the Ballets Russes," pays homage to the genius of two men: famed Russian impresario Sergei Diaghilev who, more than a century ago, founded the Ballets Russes; and renowned photographer Emil Otto Hoppé, who, between 1911 and 1921, photographed the champions of that illustrious company.

85 platinum prints, both studio portraits and ballet sequences, chronicle not only the leading stars of the Ballets Russes such as Vaslav Nijinsky, Adolph Bolm, Michel and Vera Fokine, and Tamara Karsavina, but also celebrities whose connection with Diaghilev was tangential–such as Mathilde Kschessinska, Anna Pavlova, and Hubert Stowitts.

Image credits:
Hubert Stowitts, 1920. ©E.O. Hopé Estate Collection/Curatorial Assistance Inc.

Very excited to learn that Lynn Curlee's new book The Great Nijinsky: God of Dance from Charlesbridge Publishing was jus...
01/07/2020

Very excited to learn that Lynn Curlee's new book The Great Nijinsky: God of Dance from Charlesbridge Publishing was just named a Young Adult Excellence in Nonfiction finalist by the American Library Association! Come meet Lynn this Sunday, Jan. 12 at 2pm to hear a talk on Nijinsky and see several of the original paintings he did for the book. Free for members, admission +2 for nonmembers. #charlesbridgeteen #americanlibraryassociation Then check out our exhibition of photographs of the Ballets Russes.

Merry Christmas to all of our Orthodox Christian friends!
01/07/2020

Merry Christmas to all of our Orthodox Christian friends!

Russian History Museum
12/20/2019

Russian History Museum

This icon of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker ostensibly hung in the Russian State Duma in St. Petersburg before the Revolution.

The somber countenance and intense gaze of the saint is characteristic of a style originating with renowned artist Viktor Vasnetsov (1848-1926), who attempted to synthesize traditional iconography with a new religious spirit expressed through modern artistic means. The artist’s crowning achievement in religious art are his frescoes in St. Vladimir’s Cathedral in Kiev, which were copied in churches across Russia.

See the icon in our current special exhibition, "Revealing the Divine: Treasures of Russian Sacred Art."

Lucky seniors at the Sudbury Senior Center will hear our own Registrar Laura Garrity-Arquitt give a talk on the Museum f...
12/20/2019
Russian icons, language classes, and a Menorah lighting - The Boston Globe

Lucky seniors at the Sudbury Senior Center will hear our own Registrar Laura Garrity-Arquitt give a talk on the Museum founder, Gordon Lankton, the history of the Museum, and our world-class collection of icons, on January 8.

National Grid Foundation awarded $15,000 to the Discovery Museum in Acton to fund in-school workshops and museum field trips to students.

Thanks, artscope magazine for the post and the review of Emil Otto Hoppé: Photographs of the Ballets Russes, in the Jan-...
12/20/2019

Thanks, artscope magazine for the post and the review of Emil Otto Hoppé: Photographs of the Ballets Russes, in the Jan-Feb issue!

You’ve only got till this afternoon at 5 p.m. to place an ad or events listing in Artscope Magazine’s January/February 2020 issue. For more information, please call us at (617) 639-5771 or email [email protected]. Thanks to everyone for their support throughout 2019! (Seen here, “Vyacheslav Svoboda, in a portrait from 1919,” currently featured in the “Emil Otto Hoppe: Photographs of the Ballets Rushes” exhibition on view through March 8 at the Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton, Massachusetts, which will be reviewed by Beth Neville in our first issue of the new year.)

The skies have cleared and the Museum is back open today! Stop in for some holiday shopping in the Museum Shop, then tak...
12/18/2019

The skies have cleared and the Museum is back open today! Stop in for some holiday shopping in the Museum Shop, then take a break to see the exhibition of photographs of the Ballets Russes, and our stunning holiday tree. Finally, relax with a cup of tea in the Tearoom.

12/17/2019

The Museum is closed today, Tuesday, December 17, due to the snow. Stay safe and please visit again soon!

These photographs show Ballets Russes dancers posing in their costumes from the ballet Scheherazade. Come see more photo...
12/12/2019

These photographs show Ballets Russes dancers posing in their costumes from the ballet Scheherazade. Come see more photos of this illustrious company in our exhibition Emil Otto Hoppé: Photographs of the Ballets Russes.

Scheherazade was an exotic and erotic performance in which the Shah Shahriar suspects his favorite wife, Zobeide, of being unfaithful and pretends to go out on a hunting trip. As soon as he leaves the ladies of the harem to let in males slaves for a group tryst. Zobeide is seduced by a masculine Golden Slave, the Shah discovers them and in a rage orders all transgressors to be executed.

12/09/2019
A. Scriabin: Sonata No.2 op.19 in G-sharp minor, 2nd movement

There are a few seats left for our Annual Winter Concert on Sunday, December 15, at 2:00. This year we are very lucky to have virtuoso Ivan Gusev perform an all Russian program featuring Scriabin, Tchaikovsky, and Mussorgsky's ten-piece suite: Pictures at an Exhibition. To purchase tickets call the Museum or head over to our website. https://bit.ly/2Yv1Ahj

Ivan Gusev, piano

Today is Saint Nicholas Day for Western Christians. Eastern Christians on the old calendar will celebrate Saint Nicholas...
12/06/2019

Today is Saint Nicholas Day for Western Christians. Eastern Christians on the old calendar will celebrate Saint Nicholas' feast day on December 19th.

At the museum, we have an exhibit "The Lore of Saint Nicholas" on display until March 15, 2020. Here is a preview of the many icons from our collection featuring St. Nick.

#stnick #saintnicholas #santa #feastday #russianicons #greekicons #december6 #december19

12/05/2019
Russian Holiday Tree

How do you decorate a Russian New Year's tree with over 500 vintage Soviet ornaments? Very quickly and very, very carefully. Masha Goncharova scoured antique shops in St. Petersburg, Russia to find just the right Soviet-era ornaments for our very special tree. Thank you Masha! And thanks to russianstore.com for sponsoring this holiday treat!

Nice article on BroadwayWorld about our upcoming concert by Ivan Gusev. (Sunday, December 15.) Pick up tickets here http...
12/03/2019
Ivan Gusev to Perform All-Russian Program at Museum of Russian Icons

Nice article on BroadwayWorld about our upcoming concert by Ivan Gusev. (Sunday, December 15.) Pick up tickets here https://bit.ly/382wF0g and treat yourself to a relaxing afternoon away from the mall!

The Museum of Russian Icons presents its annual winter concert, featuring the talented concert pianist Ivan Gusev, on Sunday December 15 from 2:00-3:30pm. In his first full-length performance at the Museum, Gusev presents an all-Russian program featuring Alexander Scriabin's 'Four preludes' and 'Son...

It's #givingtuesday! The Museum relies on donors and members to help fund our exhibitions, programs, and icon conservati...
12/03/2019
Support the Museum of Russian Icons

It's #givingtuesday! The Museum relies on donors and members to help fund our exhibitions, programs, and icon conservation. If you enjoy all that the Museum does, consider a donation. We will put it to good use. Thanks, and happy #givingtuesday!

The Museum of Russian Icons inspires the appreciation and study of Russian culture by collecting and exhibiting icons and related objects; igniting the interest of national and international audiences; and offering interactive educational programs. The Museum serves as a leading center for research....

12/03/2019

The Museum is closed today because of the inclement weather.

Already worn out from the #blackfriday hysteria? Looking for something to do with all those visiting relatives? Come by ...
11/29/2019

Already worn out from the #blackfriday hysteria? Looking for something to do with all those visiting relatives? Come by the Museum today for some peace and calm among the icons.

Thanks to Boston Ballet for lending us Princess Aurora’s costume from Act II of The Sleeping Beauty for our exhibition o...
11/27/2019

Thanks to Boston Ballet for lending us Princess Aurora’s costume from Act II of The Sleeping Beauty for our exhibition of photographs of the Ballets Russes.

A little history: Sergei Diaghilev’s production of the classic ballet, entitled The Sleeping Princess, premiered on November 2, 1921, at the Alhambra Theatre, London; with music by Petr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, partly re-orchestrated by Igor Stravinsky; with sets and costumes by Léon Bakst; and original choreography by Marius Petipa, with additional dances by Bronislava Nijinska.

A big thank you to artscope magazine for sponsoring our exhibition Emil Otto Hoppé: Photographs of the Ballets Russes!
11/26/2019

A big thank you to artscope magazine for sponsoring our exhibition Emil Otto Hoppé: Photographs of the Ballets Russes!

The Museum of open the day after Thanksgiving. Bring your out-of-town guests and check out the Ballets Russes photograph...
11/25/2019

The Museum of open the day after Thanksgiving. Bring your out-of-town guests and check out the Ballets Russes photography and mini-nutcracker exhibitions.

Many thanks to Jane McIntosh for this wonderful blog post on our Emil Otto Hoppé exhibition! #balletsrusses
11/25/2019
Emil Hoppé: Photographs from the Ballets Russes

Many thanks to Jane McIntosh for this wonderful blog post on our Emil Otto Hoppé exhibition! #balletsrusses

The names of two men -- both sons of considerable wealth, born in the 1870s, and both culturally- and creatively-inclined -- were widely recognized in the early years of the 20th century. Their celebrity was well-deserved at the time -- and deserves to live on. Sergei Diaghilev (1872 – 1929) was a...

11/21/2019

#Repost @commonwealth_ballet

Thanks again to the talented dancers from @commonwealth_ballet for making last Thursday's exhibition opening extra special!
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Last Thursday evening we were thrilled to be part of the opening exhibit of Emil Hoppe’s photographs of the Ballet Russes at the Museum of Russian Icons @russianicons Thank you so much for having us!!

11/19/2019
Massachusetts Health Connector

Our fabulous Education Director, Amy Consalvi just did a Facebook Live interview with Jason Lefferts, Director of Communications and Outreach at Mass Health Connector!

A new benefit for ConnectorCare members starting Jan. 1: Free and reduced admission to over 100 arts and culture locations in Massachusetts, line the Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton. Visit MAhealthconnector.org/connect-to-culture for more.

Thanks to DiMeco's Landscape & Irrigation Co. Inc. for the beautiful flowers! They lend a touch of elegance to our openi...
11/14/2019

Thanks to DiMeco's Landscape & Irrigation Co. Inc. for the beautiful flowers! They lend a touch of elegance to our opening reception for Emil Otto Hoppé: Photographs of the Ballets Russes.

You know the new exhibits are about to open when the banners go up. Thanks Add A Sign LLC!
11/12/2019

You know the new exhibits are about to open when the banners go up. Thanks Add A Sign LLC!

Getting very excited about the opening of Emil Otto Hoppé: Photographs of the Ballets Russes. The member opening is Nov....
11/07/2019
Emil Hoppé: Photographs from the Ballets Russes, opens at Museum of Russian Icons on November 15,

Getting very excited about the opening of Emil Otto Hoppé: Photographs of the Ballets Russes. The member opening is Nov. 14. If you're a member, call the museum today to register. If you're not a member, join today! You won't want to miss the Commonwealth Ballet Co. performance at the opening!

The Museum of Russian Icons will present Emil Hoppé: Photographs from the Ballets Russes, November 15, 2019 through March 8, 2020. The exhibitions pays homage to the genius of two men: famed Russian impresario Sergei Diaghilev who, more than a century ago, founded the Ballets Russes; and re...

Here's a sneak peek of one of the many soaps that will be available for purchase after the lecture "Russian Alternative ...
11/06/2019

Here's a sneak peek of one of the many soaps that will be available for purchase after the lecture "Russian Alternative to French Perfume: The History of Soap Making in Russia" scheduled for this Sunday, November 10 at 1:00. Give us a call today to register - (978) 598-5000.

A preview of the special soap bars created for the upcoming lecture at the Museum of Russian Icons #museumofrussianicons this Sunday, November 10:

Soap with birch tar

Soap with black tea and bergamot essential oil

Soap with beer and frankincense essential oil

The most special and unique is the soap bar with birch tar. Birch tar is known for its ability to treat acne, eczema, dandruff and itchy skin. It helps enhance the body’s blood circulation and prevents toxins from collecting in muscles and skin. Birch tar is also great disinfectant and antiseptic.

Please join me for a lecture about history of soap making in Russia and after the lecture you can purchase this special soap bar.

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#nativecreative #soap #birchtarsoap #beersoap #teasoap #essentialoils #naturalhealing #naturaloptions #spagift #giftgiving #dryskinrelief #brambleon #russiansoap #soaplove #giftideas #localevents #shoplocal #holidaygiftideas #buylocal #somethingspecial #eczemarelief #historyofsoapmaking #instagood #gift #giftshopping #selfcare

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The Museum of Russian Icons inspires the appreciation and study of Russian culture by collecting and exhibiting one of the world’s largest collections of Russian icons — sacred paintings used for veneration in the Orthodox tradition. With more than 1,000 icons and related artifacts spanning six centuries, the Museum offers a unique and personalized experience rich with art, history, and culture. It serves as a leading center for research and scholarship through the Center for Icon Studies and other institutional collaborations. In addition to keeping our Facebook followers informed about exhibitions, programs, news, and events at the Museum of Russian Icons, we post stories, photos, links, and other content related to the diverse and fascinating topic of Russian art and culture. Hours and admission pricing can be found under the Visit tab on the Museum website: http://www.museumofrussianicons.org/hour-admissions/. The Current Exhibit schedule can be found here: http://www.museumofrussianicons.org/current-exhibitions/.

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Wow! So apparently GAUGN Государственный академический университет гуманитарных наук has opened one semester long intensive courses in Russian studies but very few people know about that! I want to help them to change that. http://int.gaugn.ru/rs So if you're interested to know more about Russia, its history, philosophy, literature, economy and mooooooore, go check them out.
Can you share again the story of why St. Nicholas has 2 holidays? Thanks
Here is another fascinating article from Icons and Their Interpretation on one of our icons.
Icon workshop 2019
Photo of Nicholas II and his family. Exhibition of Romanov photos in Prague.
Photo of Nicholas II and his family. Exhibition in Prague.
For anyone who has any interest in Russian Icons or loves museums this is an amazing experience! I just discovered this museum while visiting a friend who lives nearby. Clinton, Mass. is a small town with an interesting history and the story of the Museum's founding is a good one. If you are ever going nearby on your way to or from Maine, make a detour...you won't regret it. Too much to take in in one visit.
attended free fun friday last week - it was awesome!
If you never visited The Museum of Russian Icon, You should !!!!!!! You will impressed.....
Do I need to buy advance tickets for Popcorn Sermon #1: On the Waterfront???
If you are in the Boston area March 23-25 please join us...