Nevyansk icon

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The old testament trinity with scenes from geneses

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Nevyansk icon is believed to be an outstanding phenomenon in the Russian dissenters’ art of the 18th — 19th centuries It was named after the town of Nevyansk — the first capital of Demidovs* mining and metallurgical empire and the spiritual centre of dissenters in the Urals The dynasties of gifted painters, who lived and worked here, determined the icon painting style peculiar to the whole «Stone Belt» region — the fact that made it possible for art-critics to speak of the original Nevyansk school.

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The presentation in the temple

The combination of patriarchal way of life and modernized production methods at metallurgical works, of medieval serfdom and new market relations, of merchants domestic tyranny and fashionable assemblies brought about the unique attitude to the world and the phenomenon of local artistic culture as such Nevyansk icon-painting was one of this new culture manifestations Carefully keeping up the traditions of Old Russia, it was at the same time a gradually developing creative process sensitive to all changes evoked by the modem age The features of baroque and classicism, romantic and realistic tendencies showed themselves in Nevyansk icon but in no way turned it into the secular picture deprived of any sacred meaning Having cultivated their style and traditions within the dissenters community, Nevyansk icon-painters also worked for the Russian Ecumenic Church (Russ «yedinoveriye», the trend in the dissenters movement compromised with the Orthodox Church) and sometimes even for the Orthodox customers
This book contains the reproductions of icons kept in the museums of the Urals region as well as in private collections All icons are grouped according to the collections they belong to The authors are aware of the fact that the specific features of Nevyansk style, strongly marked in some icons, may be less distinct or hardly detectable in the other Special section comprises the displaced Ci e of non local origin) icons which are considered to be stylistically close to Nevyansk school and could have exerted certain influence on local icon painters.
As the result of a long time work made by the Urals historians, collectors and restorers this book starts the scientific use of a rich material concerning Nevyansk icon painting We hope it will give an impulse to a number of new historical and theoretical statements and discoveries.

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Ripidas. Late 18 th- early 19 th century

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The lamination of the virgin. late 18 th

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The intercession of the virgin

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The holy face

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The four part icon

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The finding of the holy cross (the reverse of icon)

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The fiery ascent of the prophet Elijan

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The entry into Jerusalem

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The annunciation

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Saint Simeon.

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Saint John Chrysostom