Our project, founded by collector and entrepreneur Oleg Kushnirskiy, is dedicated to researching and promoting Russian Orthodox icons.
Oleg Kushnirskiy’s collection of Russian icons began to take shape in the United States during the 1990s. It comprises rare examples of Orthodox religious art from the 18th and 19th centuries, created in ancient icon painting traditions. Most of them come from icon-painting villages in the Vladimir region, such as Palekh, Mstyora, and Kholuy, while others come from the Old Believer communities of Guslitsy and Vetka, as well as workshops in central Russia. A special place in the collection belongs to small-sized icons decorated with miniature stamps. Among them are scenes of the Resurrection — The Harrowing of Hades, miracles, religious holidays, images of saints, and revered icons of the Mother of God.