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.
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With more than 1,000 icons and artifacts it is the largest collection outside of Russia. 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.

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Here is another cast metal cross that was most likely handed down through the family. Ultimately, an icon was commission...
11/19/2020

Here is another cast metal cross that was most likely handed down through the family. Ultimately, an icon was commissioned with space carved out to perfectly fit their family's cast metal cross. The bronze cross has been placed in the center of the board in place of a painted cross. Mary Magdalene and the Mother of God stand to the right of the cross, and to the left are Saint John the Apostle and Saint Longinus the Centurion.

Ancestral Icon with Crucifixion
c. 1850
Russia

#OnThisDay On November 19, 1824, St. Petersburg experienced the greatest flood it had ever witnessed in its 300 years of...
11/19/2020

#OnThisDay On November 19, 1824, St. Petersburg experienced the greatest flood it had ever witnessed in its 300 years of existence. Water increased up to 13.5 feet above the average water level, taking the lives of 208 people and sweeping 462 houses into the sea.

November 7, 1824 in the square at the Bolshoi Theatre
Fyodor Alekseyev
1824

Museum founder, Gordon Lankton unpacking new acquisitions back in 2013. #WayBackWednesday #RussianIcons #MuseumFounder #...
11/18/2020

Museum founder, Gordon Lankton unpacking new acquisitions back in 2013.

#WayBackWednesday #RussianIcons #MuseumFounder #MotherOfGod #SaintNil #SaintNicholas #ThreePatriarchs #Savior #ArchangelGabriel #NewAcquisition

Three GenerationsLesia Socher1992 Gift of Youth  Children received light, colorful eggs, decorated with floral designs G...
11/18/2020

Three Generations
Lesia Socher
1992

Gift of Youth
Children received light, colorful eggs, decorated with floral designs

Gift of Middle Years
Forty triangles represent the many facets of life in the middle years, and the magical number 3 enclosed the prayer for each area

Gift of Old Age
Eggs with black backgrounds and motifs of ladders and gates represented a preparation for life after death, an ascent to heaven

Pysanka: Symbol of Renewal is on view through May 9, 2021

#WomenWednesday

MaplesIgor Isaev2006FedoskinoMiniature Masterpieces: Russian Lacquer Boxes will be on view through March 31, 2021. Over ...
11/17/2020

Maples
Igor Isaev
2006
Fedoskino

Miniature Masterpieces: Russian Lacquer Boxes will be on view through March 31, 2021. Over 100 boxes on display, illustrated with intricate details and polished to a high sheen.

Happy National Homemade Bread Day!
11/17/2020
How to cook legendary Borodinsky bread at home

Happy National Homemade Bread Day!

Sweet, sour and spicy – it might be the most unique bread you’ve ever tried. Just make sure to find all the special ingredients in your local Russian shop.

In 1996, the UN General Assembly invited UN Member States to observe the International Day for Tolerance on 16 November....
11/16/2020

In 1996, the UN General Assembly invited UN Member States to observe the International Day for Tolerance on 16 November. Reflect today on how we all might be a bit more tolerant towards one another, regardless of our differences.

Christ the Teacher
c. 1850
Russia

Today Saint Matthew the Apostle and Evangelist is commemorated. Matthew was one of the Twelve Apostles and brother of th...
11/16/2020

Today Saint Matthew the Apostle and Evangelist is commemorated. Matthew was one of the Twelve Apostles and brother of the Apostle James Alphaeus. The Gospel of Matthew comes first in the New Testament. For those who use the Julian Calendar, this feast day will be on November 29.

Saint Matthew the Evangelist
16th Century
Russia

It’s National Philanthropy Day! Set aside to recognize the impact philanthropy has had on society, #NationalPhilanthropy...
11/15/2020

It’s National Philanthropy Day! Set aside to recognize the impact philanthropy has had on society, #NationalPhilanthropyDay lets us celebrate the change we have made, the change we are making, and the change that is yet to come.

A special thank you to everyone who have taken the time to donate to our annual appeal, contributed to our annual toy drive, or joined/updated/upgraded their MoRI membership. It's nice to see we are all in this together!

If you would like to contribute, please visit: museumofrussianicons.org/ways-to-give/

Have you started your holiday shopping yet? The Museum of Russian Icons has a unique shop full of Russian crafts, orname...
11/15/2020

Have you started your holiday shopping yet? The Museum of Russian Icons has a unique shop full of Russian crafts, ornaments, books, Matryoki, jewelry, and many other surprising items.

We are offering special shop discounts and free admission on Black Friday, November 27. Please make reservations to visit by calling (978) 598-5000. 

Starting November 30, we are offering a private shopping experience at the Museum Shop on days we are not open to the public. You can reserve 30 minute time slots Mondays through Thursdays at 10-10:30, 11-11:30, 1:00-1:30, or 2:00-2:30. To book your appointment, please email [email protected].

#MuseumShop #RussuanCrafts #ChristmasOrnaments #HandPaintedOrnaments #SovietOrnaments #KusmiTea #MatryoshkaDolls #RussianChocolate #BlackFriday

God Rested on the Seventh Day is an unconventional icon subject. Most like it was used for private devotion rather than ...
11/15/2020

God Rested on the Seventh Day is an unconventional icon subject. Most like it was used for private devotion rather than an icon used in a church setting. It represents the Old Testament book of Genesis 2:3: “And he blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.”

Labels on the back of this icon reveal the icon was sold by the Gimbel Brothers department store in the late 1930s. This suggesting this icon once belonged to William Randolph Hearst, a newspaper entrepreneur who famously sold off large parts of his immense art collection through the stores during the Depression when his fortune dwindled.

God Rested on the Seventh Day
c. 1550
Russia

Happy National Pickle Day! Here are some great Russian pickling recipes to stock the cupboard with.
11/14/2020
7 foods you can pickle for the winter, Russian style

Happy National Pickle Day! Here are some great Russian pickling recipes to stock the cupboard with.

Crunchy sauerkraut, delicious cucumbers, and spicy eggplants are good for you, and can be eaten all year round after being preserved.

Today is World Kindness Day. Kindness is a fundamental part of the human condition which bridges the divides of our soci...
11/13/2020

Today is World Kindness Day. Kindness is a fundamental part of the human condition which bridges the divides of our society. During these challenging times, it is essential to continue to be kind to one another.

Well, the kindness we've received in the past week is much appreciated. Folks have been contributing gifts for our toy drive, and we are beyond thankful. We will be accepting unwrapped gifts up until November 28th. All the toys are going towards the Clinton Children's Christmas Fund.

John Chrysostom, an important Early Church Father of Constantinople, is commemorated today and on November 26 for Old Ca...
11/13/2020

John Chrysostom, an important Early Church Father of Constantinople, is commemorated today and on November 26 for Old Calendarists. John is also one of the Three Hierarchs, which includes Basil the Great and Gregorian the Theologian.

The Museum does not have any icons with John Chrysostom by himself but he is found in many other icons in the Museum's collection like the Extended Deesis, the Three Hierarchs, Angel of the Blessed Silences, Selected Saints icons, and Mineia icons. Typically he is featured alongside the two other Hierarchs.

Cast metal icons and crosses were popular during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Metal icons had three virtues:...
11/12/2020

Cast metal icons and crosses were popular during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Metal icons had three virtues: affordability, durability, and portability. They could be conveniently folded, placed in a pocket, and taken along on a journey. They survived the rigors of use that would have quickly damaged a painted icon.

Metal icons were often handed down through the family. Occasionally, a wooden icon would be commissioned to hold the metal icon or cross. In this case, the family had two crucifixes and one bronze icon of John the Baptist, and the wooden icon is decorated with cherubim.

Ancestral Icon with Crucifixes and John the Baptist
c. 1800
Russia

This small cast metal pendant, a hollow circle with a cross inside, is called a sun pendant. The sun is a reference to a...
11/12/2020

This small cast metal pendant, a hollow circle with a cross inside, is called a sun pendant. The sun is a reference to a Bible verse in which the Lord is promising a Judgment Day. This imagery, along with a moon, often appears on the Orthodox cross, reminding the viewer that Christ died, but will come again to judge the living and the dead. "The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord." Joel 2:31

Sun Pendant with Cross
10th - 12th Century
Russia

Happy Veterans Day from all of us at the Museum of Russian Icons. Thanks for your service!Photo: MoRI's founder, Gordon ...
11/11/2020

Happy Veterans Day from all of us at the Museum of Russian Icons. Thanks for your service!

Photo: MoRI's founder, Gordon Lankton, with some of his collection of World War II propaganda posters. Gordon served in the US Army in German post-WWII. T&G Staff photo/Christine Peterson

As everyone starts to gear up for Thanksgiving, don't forget that the whole month of November is National Gratitude Mont...
11/10/2020

As everyone starts to gear up for Thanksgiving, don't forget that the whole month of November is National Gratitude Month! Here's a message of gratitude from MoRI Executive Director Kent Russell.

Visit the Museum's website to find all the latest information on upcoming events and special exhibitions. And while you're there, check out how to become a member! museumofrussianicons.org

#OnThisDay On November 10, 1866, Fyodor Dostoevsky finished dictating his novel “The Gambler” to his stenographer, Anna ...
11/10/2020

#OnThisDay On November 10, 1866, Fyodor Dostoevsky finished dictating his novel “The Gambler” to his stenographer, Anna Snitkina. He had promised to complete the short novel, focused on gambling addiction, by November. Dostoevsky knew a great deal about the subject, having been in debt caused by his gambling, and if he failed to meet the deadline, he would have lost all rights to his work. The novel was completed in less than thirty days, thanks to Snitkina, who Dostoevsky later marries.

In this box, the artist, Pavel Anokhin, expresses nostalgia for the 1960s, a time of advances in literature and art in R...
11/09/2020

In this box, the artist, Pavel Anokhin, expresses nostalgia for the 1960s, a time of advances in literature and art in Russia; he uses the image of a vintage car to set the period.

Poets
Pavel Anokhin
20th Century
Fedoskino

Miniature Masterpieces: Russian Lacquer Boxes will be on view through March 31, 2021. Over 100 boxes on display, illustrated with intricate details and polished to a high sheen.

In the 1930s, Stalin forced peasants into large collective farms, whose harvests were turned over to the State rather th...
11/09/2020

In the 1930s, Stalin forced peasants into large collective farms, whose harvests were turned over to the State rather than being consumed or sold by the peasants themselves. Many peasants experienced this new development as a return to serfdom, which had been abolished over a half-century before. Some have called collectivization “serfdom with tractors.”

This diptych by Anne Bobroff-Hajal is comprised of the original paintings made for the smaller prints used in the triptych Dress it up in Resplendent Clothes. It illustrates the similarities between the world of serfdom and the world of collective farms. In the artist's portrayal, only the addition of tractors has changed the fundamental lives of peasants, now chained to their collective farms instead of a lord's manor.

Serfdom and Collectivization
2011
Diptych of framed works on paper: acrylic paint and digital images.

Playground of the Autocrats: Works of Anne Bobroff-Hajal is on view through January 24, 2021.

Young Readers Week is celebrated annually on the second full week of November. The objective is to raise awareness of th...
11/08/2020

Young Readers Week is celebrated annually on the second full week of November. The objective is to raise awareness of the importance of literacy and generate a passion for reading among young students. To celebrate, visit your local library, re-read that favorite book, or have family story time.

Today is the Feast of the Synaxis of the Archangel Michael and the Other Bodiless Powers. Old Calendarists will celebrat...
11/08/2020

Today is the Feast of the Synaxis of the Archangel Michael and the Other Bodiless Powers. Old Calendarists will celebrate this feast on November 21.

Archangel Michael is considered the Supreme Commander of the Heavenly Hosts, and the Other Bodiless Powers include Archangels Gabriel, Raphael, Uriel, Selaphiel, Jehudiel, Barachiel, and Jeremiel. The feast day was established at the beginning of the fourth century at the Council of Laodicea, which met several years before the First Ecumenical Council. The Council of Laodicea condemned and denounced the worship of angels as gods and rulers of the world but insisted on their proper veneration.

The Synaxis of Archangel Michael
19th Century
Russia

This small rectangular stone has a cross carved into one side and was once used to create cross pendants. Byzantine meta...
11/07/2020

This small rectangular stone has a cross carved into one side and was once used to create cross pendants. Byzantine metalwork was a fusion of Greek, Egyptian, and Levantine art, which reached its peak between 800 and 1200.

Mold for Cross Pendant
9th to 12th Century
Byzantium

#OnThisDay On Nov. 7, 1990, Alexander Shmonov fired a sawed-off shotgun at Mikhail Gorbachev during the 1990 October Rev...
11/07/2020

#OnThisDay On Nov. 7, 1990, Alexander Shmonov fired a sawed-off shotgun at Mikhail Gorbachev during the 1990 October Revolution Day parade on Red Square. The 1990 October Revolution Parade was the last parade commemorating the 1917 October Revolution during the Soviet Union's existence. It celebrated the 73rd anniversary of the revolution. No one was injured in the attack, and Shmonov was apprehended.

Mikhail Gorbachev together with Boris Yeltsin during the 1990 October Revolution Day parade. Source: Vladimir Musaelyan/TASS

"Under their vine and fig tree" is an expression quoted in the Old Testament in three different places; Micah 4:4, 1 Kin...
11/06/2020

"Under their vine and fig tree" is an expression quoted in the Old Testament in three different places; Micah 4:4, 1 Kings 4:25, and Zechariah 3:10. This vine and fig tree is an indicator of national wealth, prosperity, and safety. George Washington often used this phrase to exemplify the new budding American nation.

The vine and fig motif is often seen in iconography as well as Colonial handicrafts. For example, in this icon of the Three Patriarchs in Paradise, there are grapevines and fig trees behind Isaac, Jacob, and Abraham. In this example of a turn of the century Colonial needlework reproduction, there is a very similar grapevine and fig tree pattern.

#OnThisDay On November 6, 1991, Boris Yeltsin issued a decree banning the Communist Party throughout Russia. This came a...
11/06/2020

#OnThisDay On November 6, 1991, Boris Yeltsin issued a decree banning the Communist Party throughout Russia. This came after the 1991 Soviet coup d'état attempt, also known as the August Coup, where Communist leaders of the Soviet Union failed to take control of the country from Mikhail Gorbachev, who was Soviet President and General Secretary.

'It has become evident that as long as the CPSU (Communist Party Soviet Union) structures exist, there can be no guarantee against one more putsch or a coup,' said Yeltsin in his decree, distributed by the Russian Information Agency.

This brass and enamel icon presents Christ as the Word or as the Angel of the Great Council. This was a means for the ic...
11/05/2020

This brass and enamel icon presents Christ as the Word or as the Angel of the Great Council. This was a means for the iconographer to address the belief that the salvation of humankind was put into place at the Creation. Christ, depicted as an angel surrounded by saints. The eight-pointed “glory” imposed on Christ's halo, with the eighth point hidden behind, symbolizes the six days of creation, the day where God rested, and the “Day of Eternity.” The saints surrounding Christ, clockwise from the top left are the Holy Archangel Michael, Mother of God, The Lord Almighty, Saint John (the Baptist), Holy Archangel Gabriel, Holy Apostle Paul, Saint Gregory, Saint Nicholas, Saint Germanus, Holy Savati [Sabbtius], Holy Apostle Andrew the First-Called, Holy Guardian Angel, Holy Apostle Evangelist John the Blessed, The Venerable Saint Zosima[s], Saint George, Saint John Chrysostom, Saint Basil, and Saint Peter.

Angel of the Blessed Silence
19th Century
Russia

Tchaikovsky: Troika Op. 37 No. 11 - Novemberhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oom0lRJ6TvsIn your loneliness do not look at...
11/05/2020

Tchaikovsky: Troika Op. 37 No. 11 - November
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oom0lRJ6Tvs

In your loneliness do not look at the road,
and do not rush out after the troika.
Suppress at once and forever
the fear of longing in your heart.
Nikolay Nekrasov

Troika
Yuri Nikolaevich Golikov
20th Century
Palekh

After being destroyed under the direction of Joseph Stalin in 1936, the Kazan Cathedral, or Cathedral of Our Lady of Kaz...
11/04/2020

After being destroyed under the direction of Joseph Stalin in 1936, the Kazan Cathedral, or Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan, on Moscow's Red Square was re-opened on this day, November 4, 1993. After the fall of the Soviet Union, the Kazan Cathedral was the first church to be completely rebuilt. #OnThisDay

Nearly everyone is familiar with halos. However, the occasional visitor will ask, what is the almond-shaped cloud or fra...
11/04/2020

Nearly everyone is familiar with halos. However, the occasional visitor will ask, what is the almond-shaped cloud or frame that surrounds Christ or the Mother of God in some icons? It is called the mandorla. In Orthodox icons, the mandorla is used to depict sacred moments that transcend time and space, such as the Resurrection, the Transfiguration of Christ, and the Dormition of the Mother of God.

The Annual Toy Drive ends earlier this year, so don't forget to drop off an unwrapped gift(s) or unused wrapping paper b...
11/03/2020

The Annual Toy Drive ends earlier this year, so don't forget to drop off an unwrapped gift(s) or unused wrapping paper before November 28.

Some suggestions for gifts include; Lego, Craft kits (jewelry making, friendship bracelets, things like that), Hotwheels cars and tracks, Stuffed animals (especially beanie boos), slime kits, superhero figures or power rangers, LOL surprise toys, Pokémon, etc.

Drop-offs can be made Friday through Sunday, from 11 am to 5 pm. Please call us at (978) 598-5000 if you can not make it on those days but would like to donate.

Spotted! Very spooky visitors last weekend!
11/02/2020

Spotted! Very spooky visitors last weekend!

11/02/2020
Beginnings: Vladislav Andrejev and the Prosopon School

We had the distinct pleasure of displaying icons from the Prosopon school in the Wrestling with Angel exhibition last year. Many visitors had questions about the Prosopon school's founder, Vladislav Andrejev, and how this school came to be. This fantastic short movie gives insight into those questions and more. Thanks, Wrestling with Angels Icons

Vladislav Andrejev discusses the background and founding of his Prosopon School of Iconology and Iconography

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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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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.....
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If you are in the Boston area March 23-25 please join us...