Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Russian icons from British Museum come to Clinton, Massachusetts

By Karen Nugent
“Saint George and the Dragon,” a 14th-century Russian icon.
MASSACHUSETTS---Sometimes art is found in strange places — even as part of a shutter in an old barn. One of two highlights in a new exhibit at the Museum of Russian Icons is a large 14th-century Russian icon of St. George on horseback slaying a dragon. It was discovered as part of a barn window shutter in 1959 in a tiny Russian village, and had been painted over several times before the rare image of St. George and the dragon — on a black horse rather than a white steed — was revealed. The two icons have never before been loaned by the British Museum. [link]