Icon of the Shuiskaya Mother of God Hodegetria

“Russian Icon: Prayer and Mercy” Exhibition in Rome

The “Russian Icon: Prayer and Mercy” exhibition organized to celebrate 25 years of diplomatic relations between the Russian Federation and the Sovereign Order of Malta is already on view at the Museum of Rome, which is located at the heart of Baroque and Renaissance Rome, in the 18th-century Palazzo Braschi.

This unique exhibition features 36 antique Russian icons from the 17th – 18th centuries, loaned from the Museum of Russian Icon, the largest private museum of Byzantine and Old Russian art in Russia, and the Central Museum of Ancient Russian Culture and Art named after Andrei Rublev, the only Russian national museum devoted to early religious art. As the name suggests, it is aimed to highlight ‘prayer’ and ‘mercy,’ two most important elements in the spiritual life of the Orthodox and Catholic churches.

Icon of Christ Pantocrator, 17th century

The “Russian Icon: Prayer and Mercy” exhibition includes both antique Russian icons painted in the renowned workshops and studios, and those that came from the remote regions distinguished by their own style of icon painting. Among the most interesting items displayed at the Museum of Rome are:

  • Icon of the Tikhvin Mother of God Hodegetria (17th century)
  • Icon of the Shuiskaya Mother of God Hodegetria (17th century)
  • Icon of the Resurrection of Christ (18th century)
  • Icon of Christ Pantocrator (17th century)
  • Icon of the Dormition of the Mother of God (18th century)
  • Icon of the Entry of Christ into Jerusalem (18th century)
  • Icon of St. Niphon, Bishop of Cyprus, and St. Artemiy Verkolsky (17th century)
  • Icon of St. George’s Miracle about Snake (17th century)
  • Icon of the Archangel Michael (18th century)
  • Icon of St. Macarius of Unzha (17th century)

Icon of St. George’s Miracle about Snake, 17th century

In addition to the collection of antique Russian icons, the “Russian Icon: Prayer and Mercy” exhibition also features Russian avant-garde works that have never been on public display before. These include Dmitriy Gutov’s “Our Lady of the Sign” (2012) made of metal strips and Vladimir Tatlin’s “Composition with Transparent Surfaces” (1916) made on wood. Both artworks are kept in private collections.

Dmitriy Gutov’s “Our Lady of the Sign” (2012)

The “Russian Icon: Prayer and Mercy” exhibition is on view until December 3, 2017. The cost of the full-price ticket is €9.5, while the reduced-price ticket costs €7.5. If you have an opportunity to visit Rome, do not miss this significant event dedicated to antique Russian icons and fascinating works of avant-garde artists. It is definitely worth seeing by everyone, regardless of origins and religious beliefs!