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Sunday, 16 April 2017
HAPPY EASTER from ROYAL RUSSIA
Topic: Easter

16 APRIL 2017


 


Posted by Paul Gilbert at 12:00 AM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 13 April 2017 2:37 PM EDT
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Tuesday, 11 April 2017
Exhibition: Russian Imperial Porcelain Easter Eggs
Topic: Easter

 
Imperial Porcelain Easter eggs from the private collection of Mr Raymond Piper
 
The Paine Art Center in Oshkosh, Wisconsin is currently hosting an exhibit with more than seventy painted porcelain Easter eggs. The exhibit Russian Imperial Porcelain Easter Eggs, opened on 11th February and runs till 4th June 2017.

Featuring more than seventy finely painted porcelain Easter eggs dating from the nineteenth century through the early twentieth century, this exhibition highlights the tradition of exchanging exquisite, decorative eggs among the Russian royalty and aristocracy at Easter. The intricate eggs were commissioned by the Romanov family from the Imperial Porcelain Factory in St. Petersburg as gifts presented to those in attendance at the Imperial Court and at the festive rituals held throughout Easter time.

Encompassing a wide range of styles from Baroque to Rococo and Art Nouveau, the elaborate designs include a variety of motifs: religious miniatures; flowers, birds, and other themes from nature; landscapes and city scenes; ornamentation derived from medieval and Old Russian designs; and imperial monograms. The exhibition includes a special selection of Red Cross Easter eggs presented by members of the Imperial family to soldiers and officers during World War I.

All of the Easter eggs and accompanying documentary materials on display are on loan from the remarkable private collection of Raymond Piper from Plymouth, Wisconsin.

© Paine Art Center. 11 April, 2017
 

 

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 6:24 PM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 12 April 2017 7:57 AM EDT
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Wednesday, 23 April 2014
Lavish Russian Easter Eggs on Display in Moscow - UPDATED!
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Topic: Easter


Imperial Porcelain Easter eggs from the collection of the Historical Museum "at the State Historical Museum
 
Note: The following article was originally posted on April 17th. It is updated here with a new video, courtesy of CCTV—Paul Gilbert

Decorative eggs are often used as symbols of the Christian festival of Easter. In Tsarist Russia, aristocrats and royalty exchanged lavishly-decorated eggs at Easter time as a gesture of friendship. Now, a new exhibition in Moscow is celebrating that historic tradition.

Just days ahead of Orthodox Easter, Moscow’s State History Museum is opening a special exhibition. They’re showing porcelain Easter eggs which once belonged to the Russian imperial family.

At the time, scientists developed an original Russian recipe for a sufficiently white and translucent porcelain, and the Imperial Porcelain Factory started producing chinaware.

The first egg was made by Dmitry Vinogradov, the inventor of the porcelain, for Easter 1749.
 

"We begin the exhibition in the 18th century when chinaware in Russia gained widespread currency," said Marina Christyakova, head of conservation at Russian State History Msueum. "That was connected with the invention by the famous Dmitry Vinogradov. It ends with objects from the time of the World War I, 1915-1916, when there was a tradition of congratulating and exchanging Easter eggs with the military."

The opening is being attended by Pavel Kulikovsky, the great-great-grandson of Russian Emperor Alexander III. There’s no doubt which is his favourite Easter egg.

"The big one of Alexander III is a beautiful blue colour with gold on top and is just bigger than normal, so it’s very impressive. I think that’s very fitting for Alexander III," Kulikovsky said.

The eggs were painted with images of Russian saints, landscapes of memorable places, imperial monograms and even copies of paintings by famous artists like Rafael.

The Russian emperor met with thousands of people - including military personnel and aristocrats - to give them this special Easter present.

The exhibition also features a section where visitors can design their own eggs.

"It may take a week or more to finish one piece if it’s a complicated ornate image or painting. Some pieces take months," said artist Anna Sukanova.

Russian Orthodox Easter was marked on Sunday April 20th. 
 
© CCTV. 23 April, 2014
 

 

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 12:32 PM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 23 April 2014 12:38 PM EDT
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Thursday, 17 April 2014
Lavish Russian Easter Eggs on Display in Moscow
Topic: Easter


Easter eggs from the Russian Imperial Porcelain Factory
 
Decorative eggs are often used as symbols of the Christian festival of Easter. In Tsarist Russia, aristocrats and royalty exchanged lavishly-decorated eggs at Easter time as a gesture of friendship. Now, a new exhibition in Moscow is celebrating that historic tradition.

Just days ahead of Orthodox Easter, Moscow’s State History Museum is opening a special exhibition. They’re showing porcelain Easter eggs which once belonged to the Russian imperial family.

At the time, scientists developed an original Russian recipe for a sufficiently white and translucent porcelain, and the Imperial Porcelain Factory started producing chinaware.
 


The first egg was made by Dmitry Vinogradov, the inventor of the porcelain, for Easter 1749.
 
"We begin the exhibition in the 18th century when chinaware in Russia gained widespread currency," said Marina Christyakova, head of conservation at Russian State History Msueum. "That was connected with the invention by the famous Dmitry Vinogradov. It ends with objects from the time of the World War I, 1915-1916, when there was a tradition of congratulating and exchanging Easter eggs with the military."

The opening is being attended by Pavel Kulikovsky, the great-great-grandson of Russian Emperor Alexander III. There’s no doubt which is his favourite Easter egg.

"The big one of Alexander III is a beautiful blue colour with gold on top and is just bigger than normal, so it’s very impressive. I think that’s very fitting for Alexander III," Kulikovsky said.

The eggs were painted with images of Russian saints, landscapes of memorable places, imperial monograms and even copies of paintings by famous artists like Rafael.

The Russian emperor met with thousands of people - including military personnel and aristocrats - to give them this special Easter present.

The exhibition also features a section where visitors can design their own eggs.

"It may take a week or more to finish one piece if it’s a complicated ornate image or painting. Some pieces take months," said artist Anna Sukanova.

Russian Orthodox Easter is on Sunday April 20th. 
 
© CCTV. 17 April, 2014
 

 

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 6:44 AM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 17 April 2014 12:50 PM EDT
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Monday, 6 May 2013
Russia Celebrates Easter as Holy Week Draws to an End
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Topic: Easter

Over 300,000 people have visited Moscow’s churches and monasteries over the Easter weekend in Russia. Police patrols were on alert to prevent breaches of peace and crime, with over 6,000 officers deployed to guard the city’s monasteries and churches.

Easter is the red letter day in the Orthodox calendar. The holy day is being celebrated by believers worldwide, with large-scale festivities to be held in Russia on Sunday.

Easter services are also organized at all Russian Orthodox churches across the world, the number of which exceeds 30,000.

But the largest service, helmed by Patriarch Kirill, is being held at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. The service lasts several hours, well into the early hours of Sunday.

A group of pilgrims have also delivered the Holy Fire from the Old City of Jerusalem to the Russian Cathedral of Christ the Savior. It is lit each year at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem on the day preceding Orthodox Easter. Tens of thousands of pilgrims visited Jerusalem on Saturday to observe the ‘Holy Fire’ ceremony.

The Holy Fire has been perceived by generations of Orthodox believers as a miracle. It’s through divine intervention that the first flame comes to life, the faithful believe. Pilgrims say it doesn’t burn in the first minutes after it has been lit. Parts of the Holy Fire are ‘spread out’ between churches across the country, placed in torches akin to those used to transport the Olympic Flame.

After parishioners lit the candles from the Holy Fire, Kirill started the procession around the cathedral,  glorifying the Resurrection. Priests and believers carrying crosses and icons get going around the church. The procession climaxed when the Patriarch announced “Christ is risen!”, meaning the Holy Day has started.

After midnight and for the next 40 days after Easter Sunday, Orthodox Christians will be greeting each other with the words "Christ is risen!" expecting the reply "He is risen indeed!" The end of the short dialogue is celebrated by three traditional kisses.

The festivities at the Christ the Savior Cathedral where attended by President Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, and Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin.

Christians celebrate Easter to mark the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his crucifixion. The Resurrection of the Savior symbolizes his victory over sin and death.

Preparations for Easter celebrations begin on the last day of the Holy Week, known in Russia as Passion Week. On Holy Saturday believers come to churches to have their paschal cakes and eggs blessed by priests.

Easter is preceded by a long period of fasting. Believers abstain from meat, fish, eggs and dairy products for 48 days, spending time in prayer.

The real challenge is to help people refine their souls and learn to restrain desire.

Russians celebrate the end of Lent by painting colorful eggs – as a rule red, as a symbol of the blood of Christ - they exchange with each other, and preparing rich Easter cakes with raisins and nuts.

Easter is a moveable feast. Eastern and Western Christianity base their calculations on different calendars. The former uses Julian calendar, the latter Gregorian, so their Easter days differ.

Last year it was marked by the Eastern Orthodox, Catholic, Protestant and Anglican churches on the same day, which happens quite rarely.

In 2012 nearly half a million Muscovites flocked to the country's churches to take part in evening and night services across the Russian capital. The largest service drew 6,000 people and was held at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. Patriarch Kirill, who heads the Russian Orthodox Church, led the Easter service in Moscow's landmark Cathedral.

More than 6,000 people attended the Easter service at the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow 

© Russia Today. 06 May, 2013



Posted by Paul Gilbert at 7:24 AM EDT
Updated: Monday, 6 May 2013 7:51 AM EDT
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Friday, 26 April 2013
History Museum in St. Petersburg Hosts Exhibition on Tsarist Easter Cards
Topic: Easter

Photo: A pre-Revolutionary Easter card depicts the Empress Alexandra Feodorovna and the Tsesarevich Alexei distributing Easter eggs to soldiers. 

St. Petersburg-based State Museum of History is offering a rich collection of 19th-20th century Easter greeting cards at an exhibition that opened on Thursday, ITAR-TASS reports. Festive attributes and symbols will make it possible to trace all the stages of the great Christian Holiday from the Palm Sunday to the Bright Week. Visitors will also be able to see greetings, addresses and the names of dispatchers and recipients on the reverse sides of the cards.

The first domestic Easter greeting cards include a series of illustrated Easter cards issued by the Community of St. Eugenia in 1898. They are made in water colors and are devoted to “spring themes”. The Community’s publishing house often returned to the Easter theme in future. The sketches for the Easter greeting cards were drawn by Ivan Bilibin, Fyodor Berenshtam, Yevgeny Bem and other famous artists.

The exposition also features greeting cards made by other publishers such as the Richard publishing house in St. Petersburg, the Lenz and Rudolf publishers in Riga, the Kiev-based “Rassvet” (Dawn) publishers, the Vienna-based “M.Munk” and “The Publishing House of I. Lapin” in Paris. They depict traditional Easter eggs, Easter cakes, churches, spring landscapes and people exchanging triple kisses as well as some untypical images borrowed from Western Europe such as rabbits, lapins and chicks.

Photo cards, including portraits and still-life paintings, were no less popular than drawn cards. Most of them were shot in the studio and were often painted manually in aniline colors.

A special section is devoted to Easter cards issued during WWI. New attributes and new characters appeared on those Easter cards such as soldiers and nurses. One of the last cards was issued in 1917. An unknown artist drew a red Easter egg as a symbol of revolutionary events in Russia. Soon, all Easter celebrations were abolished and Easter greeting cards disappeared from Soviet life. Easter traditions were preserved only by Russian emigrants abroad. Church publishing houses printed a small number Easter cards after the Great Patriotic War. The tradition of printing Easter cards started to revive in the late 1980s.

The exhibit runs until June 17th in the History Museum of St. Petersburg which is located inside the SS Peter and Paul Fortress.

© Russkiy Mir. 26 April, 2013



Posted by Paul Gilbert at 6:13 AM EDT
Updated: Friday, 26 April 2013 6:19 AM EDT
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