Rare Russian icons come to London

London’s Trinty House — an art dealership and gallery — is presenting the exhibition, “Russian Icons: Spirit and Beauty” from 22 November to 27 November 2014. The exhibition, comprising 40 Russian and Greek icons, has been staged by Jan Morsink Ikonen, Russian and Greek Icon Specialists from Amsterdam. One of the collection’s highlights is a 19th-century Russian Travelling Iconostasis painted in miniature style. The iconostasis has 15 hinged panels that fold up so that it could have been used domestically or outdoors, for example during military campaigns. This particular piece has a sale price of €48,000. Whilst the majority of the icons within the collection are Russian (80%), the remainder are Greek and Veneto-Cretan. The former is represented by a late 16th-century icon portraying Saint George, wearing military garb, set against a gold background; while the latter is an icon of Madre della Consolazione, thought to be influenced by Italian models from the 14th century. These works are €22,000 and €24,000, respectively. “Russian Icons: Spirit and Beauty” has been organised as part of Russian Art Week. Launched in 2012 by the online publication Russian Art and Culture, this biannual event has been fundamental in establishing ties between Russian and European...

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Icons and religious objects found in Egypt

Egypt, 4 August 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA). Saint Catherine’s monastery has not yet unveiled all of its treasures, as proved by a research team’s recent discovery of a hundred religious objects and icons dating from the fifteenth to nineteenth centuries. Saint Catherine’s monastery is a landmark of spirituality. It is also known as the monastery of the Transfiguration. At an altitude of 1,600 metres, it is located at the foot of Mount Sinai, where Moses is said to have received the ten commandments. In 2002, Saint-Catherine’s  was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Orthodox monastery is of great interest to researchers. The newly-discovered objects resemble Russian religious objects and were therefore repatriated to Russia. They will be thoroughly investigated and examined by the country’s scientists. Discoveries of this nature are rare, as the area has undergone numerous conflicts and been destroyed several times by invading...

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Richard Temple returns stolen icons to Greece

London, 22 March 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA). The Temple Gallery in London has had to return six recently acquired icons to Greece. The icons were stolen from Greek churches.  The gallery owner, Richard Temple, claims that he bought them in good faith.  For fifty years, Temple has been specializing in the sale of icons and more particularly Russian icons, on which he is considered one of the world’s greatest experts. On 15 March, the Metropolitan Police art and antiquities officers discovered the icons on the gallery’s website.  Mr Temple was asked to return the works to Greece and immediately complied.  Only five could be returned as one had already been sold.  Interpol has undertaken to return the sixth icon to its rightful owner. The icons, dating from the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries, were valued at about £10,000 and were made in the Byzantine style of the Orthodox...

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