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.

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.

06/26/2019

LAST CALL! The exhibition, The Sacred in the Profane, is closing this Sunday, June 30. Don't miss your chance to see this contemporary exhibit by renowned artist Konstantin Simun. Created in partnership with the Fitchburg Art Museum.

Look what we found outside the Museum's front door this morning! #clintonrocks #clintonma #greatcommunity
06/24/2019

Look what we found outside the Museum's front door this morning! #clintonrocks #clintonma #greatcommunity

This concert will be fabulous! Tickets available at the door.
06/20/2019
SUMMER SOLSTICE CONCERT: Yosif Feigelson, Cello

This concert will be fabulous! Tickets available at the door.

Internationally renowned cellist and Tchaikovsky prize-winner Yosif Feigelson brings his artistry to the Museum of Russian Icons with a wide-ranging program for solo cello. The concert will be followed by a wine reception. Join us to celebrate the Summer Solstice in scenic Clinton! Presented by Ball...

Have you purchased your tickets to see internationally renowned cellist and Tchaikovsky prize-winner Yosif Feigelson? On...
06/10/2019

Have you purchased your tickets to see internationally renowned cellist and Tchaikovsky prize-winner Yosif Feigelson? On June 22 he's bringing his artistry to the Museum of Russian Icons with a wide-ranging program for solo cello.

Presented by Ballets Russes Arts Initiative, the concert will feature music by Bach, Prokofiev, and Albeniz as well as Mieczyslaw Weinberg and Gaspar Cassado. A wine reception will follow the concert.

Tickets are available at https://morisolstice.eventbrite.com.

Want to learn more about your icons? Take it to the Curator! Bring your icons to the Museum on June 14 for an assessment...
06/06/2019

Want to learn more about your icons? Take it to the Curator! Bring your icons to the Museum on June 14 for an assessment with our curatorial staff. Learn the approximate age, where and how it was made, and for what purpose. (Assessments do not include financial appraisals). Registration required. https://bit.ly/2Kv4de4

Our intern Nilda DeLeon is a star! We will miss her, but she'll be right down the road at College of the Holy Cross.
05/24/2019
GUEST COLUMN: Clinton High student learned meaning of 'samovar'

Our intern Nilda DeLeon is a star! We will miss her, but she'll be right down the road at College of the Holy Cross.

CLINTON -  Nilda DeLeon never expected to become an expert on tea when she started her internship at the Museum of Russian Icons this year. Nor did

Thrilled to see our exhibition, Konstantin Simun: The Sacred in the Profane, included in the list of museum exhibits not...
05/22/2019
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Thrilled to see our exhibition, Konstantin Simun: The Sacred in the Profane, included in the list of museum exhibits not to miss. Thanks, MetroWest Daily News! #collaboration #fitchburgartmuseum

KIMSOOJA: ARCHIVE OF MIND: Visitors can assist in building a clay sculpture in this exhibit, a meditative sculptural installation by world-renowned Korean

Today is the last day of #MuesemWeek 2019. #FriendsMW is the hashtag for today and we wanted to acknowledge our friendsh...
05/19/2019

Today is the last day of #MuesemWeek 2019. #FriendsMW is the hashtag for today and we wanted to acknowledge our friendship with Fitchburg Art Museum. Our current special exhibition, Konstantin Simun: The Sacred in the Profane, was curated by FAM's curator, Lisa Crossman. Look out for more collaborations between the two of us!

Thank's RoadTrip New England for this great shot of St Nicholas.#PhotoMW #MuseumWeek
05/18/2019

Thank's RoadTrip New England for this great shot of St Nicholas.

#PhotoMW #MuseumWeek

OG #SaintNicholas carved, gilt wood at the The Museum of Russian Icons. Clinton, MA #museumstagram #СвятийМикола #massachusetts_igers

Magnifying glasses, found scattered throughout the galleries, are there to encourage our visitors to take a closer look ...
05/17/2019

Magnifying glasses, found scattered throughout the galleries, are there to encourage our visitors to take a closer look at the intricate designs and embellishments of the Russian icons. There is also a scavenger hunt available for young explores to scrutinize the icons and find a connection. In this photo, Zach has just observed that this icon has gems, which he identifies as rubies and emeralds. What might you discover when you look a bit deeper?

#ExploreMW #museumweek

Did you know we offer complimentary audio wands? Did you know you can also access the audio tour on your phone via our w...
05/17/2019

Did you know we offer complimentary audio wands? Did you know you can also access the audio tour on your phone via our website?
Next time you visit, try it out and you can explore the world of icons through their myths, stories, and legends.

The Museum’s audio tours are supported by a grant from Mass Humanities.

#ExploreMW #museumweek

The ancient paint, egg tempera, is still used in Russia and Greece today to paint icons. To make egg tempera paint you m...
05/16/2019

The ancient paint, egg tempera, is still used in Russia and Greece today to paint icons. To make egg tempera paint you mix egg yolk, distilled water, and pigments. Pigments consist of ground down botanical materials, insects, mollusks, stones, and minerals. The dark blue pigment, ultramarine, is made of the semi-precious stone, Lapis Lazuli. Blues and purples are rare pigments and are only used to accent the most important images, such as the Mother of God (her robe to be specific).

#RainbowMW #MuseumWeek #eggtempera #Russianicons #pigments

Archangel Michaelc. 1950The Archangel Michael, called Archistrategos or Chief Commander, is perhaps the most celebrated ...
05/16/2019

Archangel Michael
c. 1950
The Archangel Michael, called Archistrategos or Chief Commander, is perhaps the most celebrated of the Angels and bodiless powers. His name means "like unto God" or "he who is like the Lord". He first appeared in the Old Testament with Joshua's account of the fall of Jericho. He is mentioned afterward as an intercessor in many battles and is credited with many acts of protection and valor. The Archangel Michael is portrayed on top of a winged horse and is shown defeating Satan in the Apocalypse, according to the Book of Revelation. He thrusts his lance deep into the abyss of hell and sounds a Longhorn (the "great voice that goes out to all the world"). Over his head is a rainbow, and at the upper left can be seen, Christ Immanuel.

Why is there a rainbow? It is taken from Revelation 10:1-
“And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire.”

Why is Michael red? To appear red indicates the presence of the fire of divinity.

#RainbowMW #MuseumWeek2019

Here we have two young visitors enjoying our kinetic sand tinker space in the Konstantin Simun: The Sacred in the Profan...
05/15/2019

Here we have two young visitors enjoying our kinetic sand tinker space in the Konstantin Simun: The Sacred in the Profane exhibition. We try our best to involve some form of interact play or exploration in our special exhibitions for younger visitors to indulge in play while visiting the museum.

#PlayMW #MuseumWeek

05/14/2019
Gordon's Collections

Here's another peek in Gordon's office. You can see a few of his favorite pieces of the art, which he collected during his many travels. #SecretsMW

05/14/2019
Gordon's cars

Here is a peek into our founder, Gordon Lankton's, office. Many of you do not know that he is an avid collector of many things and not just icons. Here is just a portion of his toy car collection. #SecretsMW

Day two of #MuseumWeek 2019 and today's hashtag is #SecretsMW. So we are giving you a sneak peek of our Collections Stor...
05/14/2019

Day two of #MuseumWeek 2019 and today's hashtag is #SecretsMW. So we are giving you a sneak peek of our Collections Storage where the icons and Matryoska are stored for safe keeping.

Today marks the beginning of #MuseumWeek 2019. Today's hashtag is #WomenInCulture. To celebrate, our marvelous Registrar...
05/13/2019

Today marks the beginning of #MuseumWeek 2019. Today's hashtag is #WomenInCulture. To celebrate, our marvelous Registrar, Laura Garrity-Arquitt, is arranging a Pop-Up Exhibition of Female Saint that she curated for MuseumWeek. Come check it out in person at the Museum starting tomorrow during regular museum hours.

Women Saints Pop-Up Exhibition
05/13/2019

Women Saints Pop-Up Exhibition

Happy Mother's Day!The image of the Mother of God Helper in Birth is often venerated by expectant women who hope for the...
05/12/2019

Happy Mother's Day!

The image of the Mother of God Helper in Birth is often venerated by expectant women who hope for the Mother of God to intercede on their behalf which would result in a successful delivery. Little is known of its origins but there are many faithful who attribute the health of their children to this icon type. The image was so comforting to expectant mothers that it was commonly found in the hospital maternity wards up until the 1917 Revolution.

Mother of God Helper in Birth
c. 1850
Russia

Thank you, Larissa Dyan, for the special Mother's Day tea program you hosted today. It was quite the treat!
05/11/2019

Thank you, Larissa Dyan, for the special Mother's Day tea program you hosted today. It was quite the treat!

Have you signed up for our Zhostovo painting class with renowned teacher Tricia Joiner? Visit our website for all the de...
05/10/2019

Have you signed up for our Zhostovo painting class with renowned teacher Tricia Joiner? Visit our website for all the deets! https://bit.ly/2LXfu5u

Did we say Tuesday was the very last day to register? Well, surprise! We have a few spots left if you want to treat some...
05/09/2019

Did we say Tuesday was the very last day to register? Well, surprise! We have a few spots left if you want to treat someone special to this fun and informative tea service. Call the Museum to sign up: (978) 598-5000 x121.

Today is the very last day to register for the Museum's Mother's Day Tea. Learn about the culture and traditions around Russian tea, taste different teas, and snack on Russian treats. Call the Museum to register by 4PM today, May 7. 978-598-5000. https://bit.ly/2FWLCDQ

Thanks Jan Gottesman and the Clinton Item for showcasing our exhibitions!
05/08/2019
Tray painting on display at Museum of Russian Icons

Thanks Jan Gottesman and the Clinton Item for showcasing our exhibitions!

CLINTON - "Zhostovo – A Russian-American Odyssey" is on view at the Museum of Russian Icons through Oct. 20.The exhibit combines

Today is the very last day to register for the Museum's Mother's Day Tea. Learn about the culture and traditions around ...
05/07/2019

Today is the very last day to register for the Museum's Mother's Day Tea. Learn about the culture and traditions around Russian tea, taste different teas, and snack on Russian treats. Call the Museum to register by 4PM today, May 7. 978-598-5000. https://bit.ly/2FWLCDQ

Drop by for this fascinating talk. Members free, nonmembers $12.
05/03/2019

Drop by for this fascinating talk. Members free, nonmembers $12.

Tomorrow, join us in Clinton for a presentation about Hnizdovsky and His Era at the The Museum of Russian Icons that takes place at 1 pm, followed by an exhibit walk-through of Jacques' Menagerie with curator Anna Winestein at 3 pm.
The talk is free with museum admission. If you have not yet RSVP'd to the Museum, please give them a call at (978) 598-5000 in the morning to let them know you're coming!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1146365045545478/

Great interview on WICN-FM (Worcester) with our Registrar extraordinaire  Laura Garrity-Arquitt and the fabulous Fitchbu...
05/03/2019
Garrity-Arquitt and Crossman: The Sacred In the Profane | WICN Public Radio

Great interview on WICN-FM (Worcester) with our Registrar extraordinaire Laura Garrity-Arquitt and the fabulous Fitchburg Art Museum Curator Lisa Crossman. They discuss the current exhibition Konstantin Simun: The Sacred in the Profane.

Tonight on Inquiry our in-studio guests; LAURA GARRITY-ARQUITT, registrar at the MUSEUM OF RUSSIAN ICONS; and LISA CROSSMAN, curator at the FITCHBURG ART MUSEUM. We will be talking about the exhibition THE SACRED IN THE PROFANE a survey of Konstantin Simun’s work on view now at the Museum of Russi...

The Fitchburg Art Museum and Museum of Russian Icons are welcoming each other's members for FREE during the month of May...
05/02/2019

The Fitchburg Art Museum and Museum of Russian Icons are welcoming each other's members for FREE during the month of May! AND all senior nonmembers are only $5 at the Museum of Russian Icons! #freeadmission #greatmuseums #seniors

This Sunday, May 5, the Museum is offering free admission, plus join us for the last posidelki of the season. A posidelk...
05/01/2019

This Sunday, May 5, the Museum is offering free admission, plus join us for the last posidelki of the season. A posidelki is the rural Slavic custom of engaging conversation and Russian tea and treats.

This month features a presentation about artist Yakov Vinkovetsky by the artist's widow Diana Vinkovetskya—well-known in the Russian-American community, and a writer and author of a number of books. The program will include a 25-minute film about the artist's work and will be followed by a discussion of the concepts he incorporated into his paintings.

Have you seen "Andy from the Bronx Zoo?" This intricate woodcut print is part of Jacques' Menagerie—the exhibit of Jacqu...
04/30/2019

Have you seen "Andy from the Bronx Zoo?" This intricate woodcut print is part of Jacques' Menagerie—the exhibit of Jacques Hnizdovsky prints on display now. Come by and learn about the technique and the artist on Saturday, May 4, 1:00pm. The lecture is free for museum members, $12 for nonmembers. Call 978.598.5000 to register.

Today is Orthodox Easter and the museum is open normal Sunday hours from 11am - 5pm.Resurrection with FeastsRussiac. 185...
04/28/2019

Today is Orthodox Easter and the museum is open normal Sunday hours from 11am - 5pm.

Resurrection with Feasts
Russia
c. 1850

According to the Gospels after Christ suffered and died on the Cross, He was laid to rest in a sarcophagus. After three days in this tomb He was resurrected. Apocryphal writings, tell that after His resurrection Christ descended into Hades in order to release the Righteous people and to lead them to Heaven. In the center of this icon the resurrected Christ is shown standing atop an empty tomb with two angels kneel at His feet. There are twelve scenes along the border and are, read from left to right and top to bottom: 1 Birth of Mary, 2 Presentation of Mary in Temple, 3 Annunciation, 4 Nativity of Christ, 5 Baptism of Christ, 6 Transfiguration, 7 Raising of the Cross, 8 Dormition, 9 Old Testament Trinity, 10 Ascension, 11 Entry of Christ into Jerusalem, and 12 Presentation of Christ in the Temple. This icon has a silver oklad with a repoussé design that mimics the icon underneath and with decorative elements on the border.

Kick off Artweek at the Museum with this fun block printing craft. Check out the Jacques' Menagerie exhibition then make...
04/26/2019

Kick off Artweek at the Museum with this fun block printing craft. Check out the Jacques' Menagerie exhibition then make your own animal print just like Jacques Hnizdovsky! Free with admission on Saturday, April 27.

Today Orthodox Holy Friday is celebrated. This icon, Mother of God Don't Cry, c. 1550, represents Mary mourning the tort...
04/26/2019

Today Orthodox Holy Friday is celebrated. This icon, Mother of God Don't Cry, c. 1550, represents Mary mourning the torture and crucifixion of her son. Christ's chest is bare, to depict the pain and humiliation He suffered. His hands are lying crosswise following traditional Jewish funeral rites.

Join us on May 4th for a lecture on the exhibition Jacques' Menagerie. Guest Curator Anna Winestein will discuss artist ...
04/24/2019
Lecture: Hnizdovsky and His Era

Join us on May 4th for a lecture on the exhibition Jacques' Menagerie. Guest Curator Anna Winestein will discuss artist Jacques Hnizdovsky in the context of art and printmaking in the twentieth century. Register by May 3rd. Anna is the Executive Director of Ballets Russes Arts Initiative

Lecture: Hnizdovsky and His Era Saturday, May 4, 1:00pm Members Free, Nonmembers $12 Registration required by Friday, May 3 Lecture by Jacques' Menagerie exhibition curator, Anna Winestein, about Jacques Hnizdovsky in the context of European and American printmaking and art in the twentieth century....

Today is the feast of St. George. This small icon is one of our favorites. Meant to be worn on a chain–it might have bee...
04/23/2019

Today is the feast of St. George. This small icon is one of our favorites. Meant to be worn on a chain–it might have been commissioned for a military officer from a wealthy family.

Saint George became the subject of legend. There is a tale that he came to the rescue of a town besieged by a Dragon. The townspeople were sacrificing children to the dragon. Saint George rode in just as the princess was to be sacrificed. He destroyed the dragon in the name of Christ and so converted the town to Christianity. In this tale, the Dragon symbolizes paganism and Satan

This icon of Saint George is dated circa 1900 and until recently its beauty was largely hidden beneath a layer of grime ...
04/22/2019

This icon of Saint George is dated circa 1900 and until recently its beauty was largely hidden beneath a layer of grime and darkened lacquer. Our conservator, Sasha Gassel, painstakingly removed that layer over several weeks. Here are the before and after photos:

04/19/2019

A reminder that the Museum will be closed on April 21, Easter Sunday.

In honor of Good Friday here is an icon of the Deposition, c. 1600. The Deposition recounts the removal of Jesus from hi...
04/19/2019

In honor of Good Friday here is an icon of the Deposition, c. 1600.

The Deposition recounts the removal of Jesus from his crucifixion cross. After his death, Joseph of Arimathea, a disciple of Jesus, went to Pontius Pilate and ask for the body for a proper burial. With Pilate's permission, Joseph of Arimathea removed the body, with the help of Nicodemus (John 19:39). They wrapped the body in strips of linen with a mixture of myrrh and aloes, in accordance with Jewish burial customs. Traditionally, the three Marys were present and watched the men, while mourning for Jesus. They are customarily at the base of the cross. This icon shows Christ being taken down from the cross. On the left are two women–Mary Mother of Christ on the right, with Martha on the left. St. Nicodemus, St. Joseph, St. John the Theologian, and Longinus are also pictured. Two suns indicate the time of Jesus suffering on the cross from dawn to dusk.

Perfect rainy school vacation day crafts at the Museum. Check out the animal prints in Jacques' Menagerie, then make you...
04/18/2019

Perfect rainy school vacation day crafts at the Museum. Check out the animal prints in Jacques' Menagerie, then make your own in our makerspace. #upcycledcrafts #aprilvacation

Looking for some school vacation fun? Check out our makerspace. You can plant some spring flowers, and use recycled mate...
04/17/2019

Looking for some school vacation fun? Check out our makerspace. You can plant some spring flowers, and use recycled materials to make your own creation.

May 4th is the deadline to register for our May 11th Mother's Day Tea with docent Larissa Dyan. Enjoy two types of Russi...
04/16/2019

May 4th is the deadline to register for our May 11th Mother's Day Tea with docent Larissa Dyan. Enjoy two types of Russian tea from a samovar, practice some Russian vocabulary, and dine on traditional pryanik (gingerbread) and sushki, with buckwheat honey and black currant jam. Tickets are $30 or two for $50.

Don't delay, this is a popular program and we have limited space! Call 978.598.5000.

As Easter approaches, enjoy this beautiful playlist curated by our friends over at Valley Entertainment. We always carry...
04/16/2019
Russian Sacred Music for Easter, a playlist by Hearts of Space Records on Spotify

As Easter approaches, enjoy this beautiful playlist curated by our friends over at Valley Entertainment. We always carry a robust selection of CDs featuring Russian sacred works in our Museum Shop, as well as other Easter-related items!

Russian Orthodox choral music transmits a powerful sense of holiness and majesty, transcending all mundane concerns. The extraordinary deep basses and ethereal high voices create a magical sonic environment unlike any other.

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