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Russian Iconography: 1,000 Years of Tradition

Image:  Mother of God of Vladimir (wood, gesso, egg tempra, 23-K gold) by Marina Forbes.

Traditional Russian icon painting is truly one of the great artistic movements in the history of the world and has been a living and evolving art form for more than 1,000 years.  Russian icons reveal a deep inner spirituality, incomparably matched by an intrinsic rhythm of line and harmony of coloring.  Using numerous exhibits, including examples of her own work, Marina Forbes will examine the history of icon painting in Russia and will discuss the unique multiple nature of the icon as a sacred object, a product of an artistic tradition, a work of art with its own inherent aesthetic value, and a major example of our world cultural heritage.  Anyone who has personal icons may bring them for examination and comment.  Free program; no registration required.

Presenter Marina Forbes is a lecturer, historian and award-winning artist who has written extensively on Russian traditional arts, history and the rich tapestry of Russian culture.  She is licensed with the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, and is featured on the New Hampshire Council of the Arts Rosters for the Arts in Education and Traditional Arts.  Each year, Marina leads cultural tours to Russia where she regularly updates her scholarship, gathering photos and documents, visiting craft factories, GULAG sites and monasteries, and interviewing journalists, political figures and scholars on the current state of affairs in Russia.  Marina has the distinctive ability to bring the rich fabric of traditional Russian art and folklore to life. Marina's talks are sometimes a little bit funny, sometimes a little bit sad, but always unmistakably Russian.

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