Never Before Seen Russian Art to be Unveiled at Georgia Museum of ArtPosted on August 16, 2016
Time is drawing closer to the fall debut of “Gifts and Prayers: The Romanovs and Their Subjects” at the Georgia Museum of Art. This Russian collection has never before been shown to the public. The private collection was given as a gift to the museum on a long-term loan and will be on display from September 3rd to December 31st.
The House of Romanov ruled imperial Russia for 300 years, until the Russian Revolution in 1917, which replaced the tsars with a Communist government. The collection consists of elaborate gifts that the court created that were given to military leaders, attendants, noble families and others, as part of a system of patronage that helped the Communist government maintain its power.
The gifts, which make up the extravagant display includes such treasures as the personal cigar box of Alexander II commemorating his coronation (which features individually painted miniatures covering its top), a miniature Fabergé rendition of Peter the Great’s boat, diamond-encrusted brooches worn by ladies of the court, the 1802 Charter of Ennoblement, a luxurious folio volume presented to Lord Durham by Tsar Nicholas I, portraits, statues, photographs of the Romanov family and silver icons.
A single private collector that has kept the collection virtually unknown for decades assembled the collection. Curator Asen Kirin, professor of art history at the Lamar Dodd School of Art stated, “It is truly remarkable that a collection like this was formed in the United States in the midst of the Cold War and is now made public through the generosity of a private collector.” The display of the collection in the museum will be the first time it has been made open to the public.
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