(ANSA) – FLORENCE, 01 JAN – Il Menologio, the calendar of Orthodox religious holidays divided by semesters, whose panels show sacred scenes and figures of saints, each identified by an inscription. The icon with Saint Catherine of Alexandria, datable to 1693-1694, in which the martyr princess is depicted with attributes similar to those of Western art, such as the palm and the wheel of martyrdom, the books and the armillary sphere that allude to his vast knowledge. And then the Tikhvin icon of the Mother of God, dated July 16, 1728 and signed by Vasily Gryaznov, a replica of the miraculous image that according to tradition appeared in 1383 in Tikhvin, in the Novgorod territory. Or again, the icon depicting the Mother of God, of the type called “In you every creature rejoices”, and the one with the Beheading of the Baptist, both linked to the Medici collection. These are just some of the ancient jewels, all made between the late 1500s and the mid-1700s, which make up the collection of Russian sacred art on display starting from January 2 on a permanent basis in the new Museum of Russian Icons in Florence, built in the palace of the Palazzo Pitti, with an installation curated by the architect Mauro Linari.
Composed of 78 icons, mostly of medium and small size and intended for domestic and personal devotion, the collection – already collected in Florence by the Medici and especially by the Lorraine during the eighteenth century and the following century – represents the oldest of its kind to the world outside of Russia itself: thanks to the new museum it will find a special location in four large rooms decorated with seventeenth-century frescoes and overlooking the courtyard on the ground floor of Palazzo Pitti, all newly restored spaces that will become part of the normal tour itinerary and until now never open to the public on a regular basis. The new year therefore opens with a special project, of great charm and of important symbolic significance, also considering that, at the same time, also the Palatine Chapel, with the nineteenth-century frescoes by Luigi Ademollo, now fully restored, will be reopened and all the days. (HANDLE).
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