Highlights of one of the world's great artistic traditions through an extraordinary group of sixty-five 18th and 19th century Russian icons on loan from the private collection of Lilly and Francis Robicsek.
Icons (icon means "image" in Greek) are sacred objects within the Eastern Orthodox Christian tradition. Found in homes as well as churches, these painted images depict holy persons and saints as well as illustrate scenes from the Scriptures. Many icons are encased in precious metal covers (oklads) adorned with pearls and semi-precious stones. Icons are not worshiped, but are instead venerated for their ability to focus the power of an individual's prayer to God. As such they are truly "windows into heaven."
This exhibition includes some of the more popular Christian themes depicted in Russian icons. The Virgin Mary, events in the life of Christ, the Apostles and Evangelists will be immediately recognizable to many visitors. Among the more fascinating icons in the exhibition, however, are those illustrating events and people largely unknown to Christians in the West.