Lecture at the Smithsonian Associates:Holy Icons of Medieval Russia, by Dr. Scott Ruby

Tuesday 12 August 2014 6:45pm - 8:15pmTickets available
$25, $20 Members of Hillwood or The Smithsonian Associates

Location: OFFSITE: S.Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive, S.W., Washington, DC

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This program by the Smithsonian Associates takes place at the S. Dillon Ripley Center on the National Mall, and features Hillwood's curator of Russian and Eastern European art, Dr. Scott Ruby.

One of the greatest art “discoveries” of the 20th century was the icon. For some it represents the precious inheritance of a distant past, for others it is an object of aesthetic delight, and still others perceive its spiritual light. Icons are considered an integral part of the spiritual fabric of old Russia, and they have long adorned monasteries, churches, and homes.

However, interest in medieval icons is a relatively recent development. In the course of the 19th and 20th centuries, many ancient icons were cleaned of layers of over-painting, and the process re-introduced the world to the startling beauty of Russia’s medieval era.

Dr. Scott Ruby, curator of Russian and Eastern European art, examines how the appreciation and understanding of medieval icons developed, as well as some of the aspects of medieval iconography that differentiate it from the work of later centuries. Focusing on the great treasures of the period, Ruby looks at some of the superlative icons of Andre Rublev, a Russian monk who some consider the greatest icon painter. He also discusses how icons function in the context of public and private devotions.

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