воскресенье, 7 апреля 2013 г.

Ustyug Annunciation

Annunciation of Ustyug (Russian: Устюжское Благовещение) is a Russian Annunciation icon, created in Novgorod in the 12th century, and one of the few icons which survived the Mongol invasion of Rus'. The Annunciation of Ustyug is currently held in the Tretyakov Gallery.

 Устюжское Благовещение
 «Annunciation Ustyuzhskoe (from Ustyuzh)». Novgorod icon fom Tretyakov Gallery (Russia).

воскресенье, 16 декабря 2012 г.

Ferapontov Monastery: Russian Medieval Treasure

The Ferapontov convent (Russian: Ферапонтов монастырь), in the Vologda region of Russia, is considered one of the purest examples of Russian medieval art, a reason given by UNESCO for its inscription on the World Heritage List.

Vologodskaya Oblast The Ferapontov Monastery. Russia

The monastery was founded by Saint Ferapont in 1398 in the inhospitable Russian North, to the east from the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, named after his fellow monk, Saint Kirill of Beloozero. The fame of the monastery started to spread under Kirill's disciple, Saint Martinian, who was to become a father superior of the Troitse-Sergiyeva Lavra in 1447.

Even after Martinian's death, his monastery was protected and favoured by members of Ivan III's family. The most ancient structure, the Cathedral of Nativity of the Virgin (1490), was built in brick by the masters of Rostov. This edifice is the best preserved of three sister cathedrals erected in the 1490s in the Russian North. All the interior walls are covered with invaluable frescoes by the great medieval painter Dionisius. This is the last surviving Russian medieval church with fully painted walls.

пятница, 7 сентября 2012 г.


Диафильм: Бородино / Borodino (In Russian)

М. Ю. Лермонтов "Бородино"
Mikhail Lermontov "Borodino"

воскресенье, 8 апреля 2012 г.

10 Russian Easter Greeting Cards

10 Russian Easter Greeting Cards from Zazzle.
Подборка Пасхальных открыток с сайта zazzle.com

National Geographic 1914

National Geographic 1914 featuring article Young Russia – The Land of Unlimited Possibilities.

via cyrillitsa

воскресенье, 5 февраля 2012 г.


Article from http://www.pravoslavie.ru


Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God. Commemorated May 21/June 3; June 23/July 6; and August 26/September 8
Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God. Commemorated May 21/June 3; June 23/July 6; and August 26/September 8
The histories of Moscow and of the icon of Vladimir Mother of God are eternally inseparable. How many times did the Mother of God save the capital city from enemies through the grace of her holy icon? This icon has linked Apostolic times to Byzantium, Kievan Rus’ to Vladimir Rus’, and later to Muscovy, the Third Rome; as it is said, “there will be no Fourth.” The kingdom of Moscow was formed by divine providence and embraced the mystical ties of ancient empires, historical experience and traditions of other Orthodox peoples. The miracle working Vladimir icon became a symbol of unity and succession.
Words cannot describe this icon; any verbal expression would be hollow compared to the gaze of the Theotokos from her image. This look contains everything – life and death; resurrection, eternity, immortality. According to ancient tradition, the Holy Evangelist, Physician, and Iconographer Luke painted three icons of the Theotokos. When the Most Pure One looked at them, she said: “May the grace of the One Who was born of me, and my grace, be with these Holy Icons.” One of these Icons is now known as the Vladimir icon. This depiction of Our Lady was kept in Jerusalem until 450 AD, after which it was taken to Constantinople. In the first half of twelfth century Luke Chrysoberges, Patriarch of Constantinople, sent the icon (together with the other image of Theotokos, known as “Pirogoschaya”) as a gift to Grand Duke Yuri Vladimirovich Dolgoruky, who placed it in the Vyshgorod convent (near Kiev), an area once belonging to Equal-to-the-Apostles, Grand Duchess Olga. In 1155 Vyshgorod became a possession of Prince Andrew, son of Yuri Dolgoruky.

суббота, 28 января 2012 г.

Polar Lights / Полярные Cияния

Northern lights in Murmansk area.

Amazing timelapse videos featuring nature's wonderful phenomenon Polar Lights (Aurora Borealis). Shot in 2011-2012 in Apatity-Kirovsks, Murmansk area, Russia.
Author: Valentine Zhiganov.

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