The Ukraine has issued a special postage stamp in honour of the 400th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty. Ukrposhta, the national state enterprise of postal service of Ukraine, has released a special stamp depicting the portraits of the first Romanov ruler, Tsar Michael Feodorovich and the current Head of the Russian Imperial House, HIH Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna.
Ukrposhta also released a set of envelopes which reflect the Romanov dynasty in the history of the Crimea. The envelope shows the Massandra and Livadia and palaces, as well as the Church of the Ascension of Christ at Foros, the beautiful memorial church built to commemorate the miraculous survival of Emperor Alexander III and his family after the rail disaster at Borki in 1888.
The ceremony marking the 400th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty took place during a reception at the Livadia Palace on September 22nd, in which members and representatives of some 39 royal houses (both reigning and non-reigning) from around the world attended.
On Sunday, September 29, 2013, His Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill, visited Novospassky Monastery in Moscow, which on this day became the center of ecclesiastical and social celebrations of the 400th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty.
Near the gates of the monastery, His Holiness celebrated the rite of consecration of bells, created in honour of the 400th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty. At the entrance to the tomb of the Romanov Boyars His Holiness blessed a new monument also marking the 400th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty. The new monument is a sculpture composition with the image of the first tsar of the Romanov Mikhail Feodorovich and the last - Tsar-Martyr Nicholas II. Then, the Primate of the Russian Church, led the service of the Divine Liturgy at the Holy Transfiguration Cathedral of the monastery.
Since the end of the 15th century, the monastery has been patronized by the Romanov boyars. Upon the Romanovs' ascension to the Moscovy throne, Tsar Michael Feodorovich completely rebuilt their burial vault in the 1640s. Among the last Romanovs buried in the monastery were Xenia Shestova (the mother of the first Romanov Tsar), Princess Tarakanoff (a pretender who claimed to have been the only daughter of Empress Elisabeth) and Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich, son of Emperor Alexander II and husband of Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna.
In 2013 Novospassky Monastery became a major center of the celebrations of the 400th anniversary of the accession of the Romanov dynasty.
Old and New Romanov Portraits Topic: 400th Anniversary
Two previously unseen portraits of members of the Romanov dynasty have made their debut this month. The portrait of the Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna is part of a new exhibition, The Romanovs: Portait of a Dynasty, currenly running at the State Historical Museum in Moscow.
It is a previously unknown portrait of the youngest daughter of Emperor Alexander III, painted in 1905 by the Russian artist Pyotr I. Neradovsky. Prior to the Revolution the portrait hung in the Alexander Palace at Tsarskoye Selo. It has been kept in storage for decades but has been specially restored for the Moscow exhibition. Neradovsky (1875-1962) was a gifted artist, art historian and museum curator.
The portrait of Emperor Alexander III was painted by the Philip Moskvitin, a contemporary Russian painter who specializes in portraits of famous Russians, both past and present including saints, writers, philosophers, scientists, and members of the Romanov dynasty. His other portraits of members of the Russian Imperial family include Emperor Nicholas II, Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, Emperor Alexander I, Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna, and Tsar Alexis Mikhailovich. His latest Romanov portrait painted in 2013, depicts Emperor Alexander III in full coronation dress. It is based on a similar portrait of the emperor by Alexander Petrovich Sokolov in 1883, for the coronation album.
From September 4-8, 2013, at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Toronto, Canada, ceremonies were held dedicated to the 400th anniversary of the House of Romanovs. By decision of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, the center of the celebrations was the Canadian Diocese, and the Toronto church specifically, which boasts the largest parish in the entire Russian diaspora. The celebrations began with the arrival of two miracle-working icons of the Mother of God: the Kursk-Root Icon “of the Sign” and “Softener of Hardened Hearts,” also called “of the Seven-Arrows.” The visit began with a moleben and akathist in the cathedral, headed by His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.
September 5 was the first day of a working session of the Synod of Bishops, also held in Toronto, and Mitred Protopriest Vladimir Malchenko, Senior Priest of the cathedral, and Protopriest Michael Luboschinksky, Rector of Veil of the Holy Mother Church in Hamilton, Ontario, celebrated Divine Liturgy.
On Friday, September 6, the members of the Synod of Bishops visited the youth summer camp “Ruskoka,” located in a picturesque region of Ontario, on the Muskoka River. The organization’s director, Mr Alexander Viktorovich Sakuta, and volunteer counselors, who had all spent many years working at the camp, ceremoniously and lovingly received the miracle-working images of the Mother of God. The archpastors took a tour of the campgrounds, after which they performed a moleben at Holy Martyr Tsarevich Alexey Chapel, built in the traditional Russian wooden style.
Saturday, September 7, also began with Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Cathedral by the local clergymen. Then, all the churchgoers were offered brunch at the parish hall, where the great number of those gathered heard lectures by Mr VV Chukanov on Tsar Alexey Mikhailovich and Mr Yuri Miloslavsky on Emperor Paul I. Ms ON Kulikovskaya then talked about the work her organization, the Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna Foundation, does. The duchess was the sister of Tsar-Martyr Nicholas II.
That Saturday evening, Holy Trinity Cathedral, where there are usually 300-400 worshipers for Saturday night vigil, was filled beyond capacity. Metropolitan Hilarion led the service, joined by His Eminence Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco and Western America, His Eminence Archbishop Gabriel of Montreal and Canada (who originated the idea of holding a celebration for the Romanov Dynasty in his diocese), His Eminence Archbishop Michael of Geneva and Western Europe, His Grace Bishop Peter of Cleveland and His Grace Bishop George of Mayfield.
The crowning moment of the event was Sunday’s Divine Liturgy headed by Metropolitan Hilarion along with the other archpastors, as well as other honored guests: His Grace Bishop Iov of Kashira, Head of the Patriarchal Parishes in Canada, and His Grace Bishop Irenee of Quebec of the Orthodox Church in America. Mr George Skok led the cathedral choir, which sang beautifully and ceremoniously at all services.
The final “act” in the celebration of the 400th anniversary of the Romanov Dynasty was a banquet, at which Metropolitan Hilarion addressed the audience, as did Archbishop Gabriel, Archbishop Kyrill, Bishop Peter, Bishop Iov, Bishop Irenee, Fr Vladimir, Mr SV Chernenko, Associate Consul of the Russian Federation in Toronto, Ms Magdalena Zinyak, Vice President of Omni Video, and others.
A concert was also given, divided into two parts: a performance by the “Troitskiye Solovushki” children’s choir under Ms MV Bakhvalova and Mr Skok’s cathedral choir. Both executed inspired performances which moved their audience. Vladyka Gabriel drew attention to the fact that George Skok, renowned throughout the Church Aborad, has been a choir director for forty years. Georgy Anatolievich was given a gramata of blessing signed by the members of the Synod of Bishops, which the eminent choir director received with tears of gratitude.
Exhibition: The Romanov's: Portrait of a Dynasty Topic: 400th Anniversary
A new exhibition, The Romanov's: Portrait of a Dynasty opens today at the State Historical Museum in Moscow. The exhibit is dedicated to the 400th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty, featuring grand and royal portraits from the collection of the State Historical Museum.
The State Historical Museum has a rich collection of Russian art, and an important repository of grand and royal portraits. For the first time in one exhibition space are portraits of all the members of the royal family, executed in painting, sculpture, miniature, graphics and photos. As a result of the addition of such an ensemble is the opportunity to showcase the "Romanov portrait" as a bright phenomenon of Russian culture. The chronological framework of the exhibition covers a little more than three centuries - from 1613 to 1917. It is divided into sections corresponding to the main periods of the Romanov era.
The exhibition features more than 400 exhibits, including the works of painters, sculptors, miniaturists, graphics and photos: John Doe, A. Makovsky, IE Repin, FS Rokotoff; Antokolsky, RR Bach, IP Vitali, BK Rastrelli DI Evreinova; AP Bryullova, GS Verey, PF Sokolov, among others. Many of the works are on display for the first time, such as the portrait of Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna by the Russian artist P. I. Neradovsky, which for many years was kept in storage and has been specially restored for this exhibition.
During their reign, which spanned a little more than three centuries, the Romanovs were often the subjects of art - being painted, sculptured and photographed by both Russian and foreign artists. In addition to portraits, the exhibition will show genre works that reveal important events and the day-to-day life of the Romanovs: the coronations, events of social and cultural life, court life, war scenes, etc. The exhibition also includes Romanov Memories which features personal items, autographs and memorabilia of individual members of the Russian Imperial family.
Particular attention is also paid to the many great dukes and duchesses. Among the many generations of the Romanovs were many extraordinary people, endowed with an iron will, strong character, fiery temperament and outstanding ability. For more than three centuries, many of the grand dukes occupied important government posts, and played a prominent roles in the social, political and cultural life of the Russian Empire. Among them were the Grand Duke Konstantin Konstantinovich - poet and playwright, President of the Imperial Academy of Sciences; the Grand Duke Nicholas Mikhailovich - prominent historian and one of the founders of the national science about butterflies - lepidopterist; Grand Duke Georgy Mikhailovich - the outstanding numismatic, managing the Russian Museum; the Grand Duke Peter Nikolaevich - an outstanding architect and builder; Grand Prince Dmitry Konstantinovich - a noted horse breeder; Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich - the creator of the national air force; the Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna - a talented artist, who left behind a huge artistic heritage through her paintings; the Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna—the Younger - a gifted designer, based in Paris, she collaborated with the fashion house Chanel.
The Romanov's: Portrait of a Dynasty runs from September 17, 2013 to January 30, 2014, at the State Historical Museum in Moscow.
Exhibition: The Emperors of Russia Topic: 400th Anniversary
A new exhibition, The Emperors of Russia will officially open on Friday, August 30th, at the Yaroslavl Art Museum. The exhibit which marks the 400th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty will feature portraits of the Russian emperors, from the 18th to the beginning of the 20th centuries.
In addition to paintings and drawings, the exhibition will also present cabinet bronze busts of the late 19th century from the collection of the former Governor of the Yaroslavl region, Anatoly Lisitsyn.
Most of the exhibited works were created by relatively unknown artists - Fedor Rokotoff, Semena Shchukin, Jean-Marc Nattier, Georg Groot and Johann Tanauera. It will be on display and several original works of the English portrait painter George Dawe.
Mongolia Marks 400th Anniversary of the Romanov Dynasty Topic: 400th Anniversary
The Mongolian capital has marked the 400th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty with the opening of a large-format photographic exhibition at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) in Ulan Bator. The exhibition tells the story of the Romanov dynasty, which ruled the Russian state for more than 300 years.
The founder of the dynasty, Mikhail Feodorovich was elected to the throne by the Zemsky Sobor in 1613. His reign marked the end of the Time of Troubles - a period of wars, internal strife, and popular uprisings in Russia. During the reign of the Romanov dynasty, Russia expanded its territory, developing into one of the largest and most prosperous empires in history. It gave the world brilliant achievements in scientific discoveries, in literature, in music and culture. As a result of the revolutionary events of March 2, 1917, Tsar Nicholas II abdicated the throne and the monarchy was abolished in Russia. Following the arrest and imprisonment the emperor and his family were murdered by the Bolsheviks on July 17th 1918. The Russian Orthodox Church later canonized Nicholas II, the Tsarina Alexandra and their children as royal martyrs.
Interview with Archbishop Gabriel of Montreal and Canada on the 400th Anniversary of the Romanov Dynasty Topic: 400th Anniversary
In accordance with a decree by the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, Toronto, Canada, will host celebrations of the 400th anniversary of the ascent to the Russian throne of the Romanov Dynasty on September 4-8, 2013. Initiator of this event was His Eminence Archbishop Gabriel of Montreal and Canada, so the main celebrations of one of the key moments in Russian history will take place in Canadian Russia.
"Legally, Russia remains a constitutional monarchy, which could not be canceled either by the Tsar’s abdication nor moreover by the decree by the Kerensky government dated September 10, 1917, in which Russia was declared a republic. What lies ahead for Russia in your opinion, Vladyka?"
Russian Magazine Honours the Romanov Dynasty Topic: 400th Anniversary
The August 2013 issue of the Russian magazine, Story is dedicated to the Romanov dynasty. The issue was released on July 15th and offers 4 different covers of Emperor Nicholas II and his family.
The contents include numerous articles on the history of the Romanov dynasty, a sample of the articles include: George V, Wilhem II and Nicholas II;Tsarevna Sofia;Mathilda Kschessinska; and an article about Russian Imperial Court costume by Russian fashion historian and collector Alexander Vasiliev.
This special issue is published to mark the 400th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty and is richly illustrated with photographs of the Russian Imperial family. The magazine is only available in the Russian language. *Please note that we do not have copies for sale.