Russian Easter
Apr 22, 2022 - Apr 2, 2023
Ticket: RUB 600.00*
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This exhibition introduces visitors to the history and culture of the Orthodox feast, popular traditions related to the celebration of the Resurrection of Christ, games and entertainments of the Bright Week and a variety of Easter products.

Established to commemorate the Death on the Cross and the Resurrection of the Saviour, this holiday is the epitome of liberation from the bondage of the original sin and transition from death to eternal life.

The exhibition comprises over 300 items dating back to the seventeenth to early twenty-first centuries from the State Hermitage collection (many previously owned by members of the imperial family, Russian aristocracy, nobility or merchantry, and some others used by ordinary people), namely ecclesiastical vestments, icons, graphic works and Easter souvenirs.

A large group of exhibits is made up by Easter eggs, which were indispensable attributes of the major festival of the Russian Orthodox calendar, produced from glass, papier-mâché, wood, bone, precious and common metals, stone, fabric, beads and eggshell. Constituting an exceptional phenomenon of Russian culture were eggs created at the Imperial Porcelain and Glass Manufactories in St Petersburg. These fragile symbols of life and immortality were presented to their new owners by the tsar or tsarina themselves. As a continuation of this tradition, the exhibition displays Easter eggs painted by modern artists at the St Petersburg porcelain manufactory.
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