Featuring Icons, Artifacts and Engraved Gems from
London’s Renowned British Museum
On View May 2 through September 12, 2015
CLICK HERE to read Artnet News article regarding artifacts in this exhibtion: Ivory Artworks Loaned by British Museum Denied Entry to the US
This compelling selection of rare icons and extraordinary artifacts from the renowned British Museum traces the stylistic development of sacred art from ancient Byzantium, the center of Christian civilization, to the introduction of Christianity to Russia. The exceptional exhibition of rare icons will also include Byzantine cast metal objects, ivories and engraved gems.
This is the first time the British Museum in London has loaned Saint John the Baptist (Constantinople c. 1300) and the famous Saint George and the Dragon (also known as “Black Saint George”, Pskov, late 14th century) to a museum in the U.S.A. These extraordinarily rare icons alone—two of the oldest and finest icons in existence—would be worth a visit to the exhibit. In addition to the icons and artifacts from the British Museum, the exhibition will be augmented with icons from the collection of the Museum of Russian Icons.
Following the exhibition in Clinton MA the show will travel to the Chrysler Museum, Norfolk VA.
The concept of the exhibition was initiated by English icon expert Sir Richard Temple who founded the Temple Gallery in London in 1959 as a center for the study, restoration and exhibition of ancient icons and sacred art. He is a member of the Advisory Panel of the Art Fund (formerly the National Art Collections Fund of Great Britain) and has been active in the acquisition of icons by several major museums, among them the British Museum, the Musée du Louvre in Paris and the Museum of the Church of the Holy Redeemer in Moscow. Temple, along with HRH Prince Charles, has been encouraging the British Museum to exhibit its collection of icons that are mostly in storage out of public view.
Byzantium to Russia was organized by the Museum of Russian Icons and curated by Museum Founder Gordon B. Lankton, Research Fellow Dr. Raoul Smith and Museum CEO and Curator Kent dur Russell.