The Holy Art of Imperial Russia: Icons from the 17th C. –Early 20th C.
November 5, 2013– April 13, 2014
The sacred images on view in this exhibition are of a kind once readily found in even the humblest homes of Russia, as well as its churches and public shrines. Centuries-old artistic conventions are juxtaposed with new, Westernized formal elements and vernacular interpretations of these new forms. For Orthodox Russians, icons served as more than just religious paintings; they were relic-like objects directly linked to the holy figures they depicted. They were seen as comforters and powerful guardians. Icons were the direct line from the real world to the spiritual and appeared everywhere in pre-Soviet Russia.The exhibition will be on loan from Hollingsworth Fine Art.
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 7:00 — 8:30 PM
Special Presentation/Lecture with renowned icon expert, James Jackson, President & CEO of Jackson’s International Auctioneers and Appraisers, who is a Russian Specialist. Mr. Jackson has written and lectured widely on the subject of art and antiques and is a recognized leading authority on Russian arts with a specialty in Russian icons. James has traveled extensively visiting over 25 countries, including over 18 trips to Russia to research his publications on icons. Mr. Jackson was an author for the International Society of Appraisers Fine Art Course and has been guest curator at numerous museums and galleries throughout the United States in connection with Russian icon exhibitions. Presentation will conclude with a walkthrough tour of the Icon Exhibit. Standard Museum admission rates apply.
Sunday, March 2, 2014 1:00 – 4:00 PM
The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens welcomes spring for a Maslenitsa Day celebration in conjunction with the current exhibit, “The Holy Art of Imperial Russia: Icons from the 17th C. – Early 20th C.” Join us for a day of Russian culture, games, art and Icons. Learn about the connections between icon painting and ancient pre-Christian beliefs and tradition with a special presentation at 2:00 pm by Rollins professor, Dr. Alexander Boguslawski. As with many ancient holidays, Maslenitsa has a dual ancestry: pagan and Christian. The tradition of Maslenitsa dates back to pagan times, when Russian folk would bid farewell to winter and welcome spring on the vernal equinox day. On the Christian side, Maslenitsa was the last week before the onset of Lent, giving the last chance to bask in worldly delights. Some countries’ celebrations are similar to Mardi Gras. Help us welcome spring at the Polasek! Experience the festivities, learn about an interesting culture, and see the glorious Russian Icons.