For the first time, the exhibition held in the Assumption Belfry and the One-Pillar Chamber of the Patriarch’s Palace of the Moscow Kremlin is dedicated to one of the greatest figures in Russian history – Boris Godunov. He was a man of marked individuality, whose amazing and tragic life has been attracting historians and litterateurs for a long time. The sovereign’s image is depicted in various works of art, music and drama.
Around 150 items dating back to the turn of the 17th century are provided by Russian leading museums – the State Tretyakov Gallery, Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, State Hermitage Museum, State Historical Museum etc, as well as by the largest libraries and the Russian State Archive of Ancient Documents.
The exhibition highlights the milestones in Boris Godunov’s life, stages of his state activity and the most important aspects of his foreign policy, as well as familiarizes visitors with rich cultural heritage of the Godunov epoch.
The display includes masterpieces of icon painting, book miniature, pictorial and decorative embroidery, jeweller’s art and and art of gunsmithing, which form the golden fund of Russian art. Many of these remarkable exhibits were made by the order of Boris Godunov and his relatives. Distinguished by the skillful execution and splendour of décor, they verify a particular artistic taste in art of the representatives of the family, which added its own page to the history of the Medieval Russian culture. The exhibition also presents items of significant importance, such as manuscripts, rare books and memoirs of witnesses of the events of that time. The core of the exhibition is formed from the collection of the Moscow Kremlin Museums – the Monomach’s Cap and the throne of Boris Godunov.
Extant monuments of the Godunov epoch form a complete layer of an artistic heritage of the Muscovy and characterize that historical period as the flourishing time of traditional fine arts tendencies, brought to perfection by a virtuoso performance.
The catalogue of the exhibition dedicated to Boris Godunov, one of the most important figures in the history of Medieval Russia, consists of four introductory chapters and 160 descriptions of exhibits. The articles describe the main stages in life and political career of Boris Godunov, as well as the most important aspects of his foreign policy. One article presents an introduction into the rich cultural heritage of the Godunov period i.e. masterpieces of icon painting, book miniature, pictorial and decorative embroidery, jeweller`s art and art of gunsmithing. Alongside the magnificent works of art, there are also important Russian written sources and Western rare books of memoirs of those who took part in the described events. Descriptions of exhibits are set in five groups, in accordance with themes of the exhibition. Price: 1500 RUB.
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- 11 november 2015The Moscow Kremlin and the Epoch of Boris GodunovThe scientific conference will cover the questions of the Russian history and court culture of the XVIth century.
FROM A COURTIER TO THE SOVEREIGN OF ALL RUSSIA
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“Never and nowhere has such an objective exhibition, portraying the epoch of Boris Godunov, Russia on the term of the 16th-17th centuries been held before. I consider this exhibition as the further sign that our people’s interest in their country’s history is growing, thus maintaining continuity of generations, awareness of their family’s origins and origins of their country. Boris Godunov has been widely portrayed in literature and cinema, but has not often been the subject of an objective historical portrayal, and I hope that this exhibition will help to fill these gaps.”
“The large-scale project, with Vnesheconombank general partner, intended to familiarize the visitors with one of the greatest and most interesting figures of the Medieval Russia. I’m sure that this exhibition will be an important cultural event of our capital and will help to learn the history of our country better.”