Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Montana Museum's Religious Icon Connects to 18th Century

By Lucy Beighle
Artist Unknown (Russian, 18th century) "Akhtyrskaya Icon," ca. 1750-1790 Egg tempera, silver repoussé 9½ x 12 inches Donated by Stella Duncan
MONTANA---"Akhtyrskaya Icon" is part of the Montana Museum of Art and Culture’s permanent collection and can be viewed, along with 119 equally inspirational pieces, at the Paxson and Meloy galleries on the University of Montana Campus in the PAR/TV Center. MMAC’s exhibit “Art of the State: Celebrating 120 Years of the MMAC Permanent Collection” runs through May 23. A religious icon is defined as an object of veneration intended to aid in contemplative prayer. This particular one is of Russian origin, although the artist is unknown, and dates back to the 18th century. The 18th century. Imagine the emotions, inspirations and connections it has created in the past 250 plus years. Come and see what it inspires in you. [link]