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Byzantium to Russia

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The British Museum Dazzles at Museum of Russian Icons
By Suzanne Volmer

Located in Clinton, Massachusetts and facing Central Park (the town common) are adjoining historic buildings that are home to the Museum of Russian Icons, which currently features a special exhibit, “Byzantium to Russia: Origins and Development of Russian Icons, 1200 – 1900.” This exhibit newly informs the content of founder Gordon Lankton’s collection and gives viewers an opportunity to see some of the British Museum’s most noteworthy icons.

When entering the building, recorded chants are heard playing in the background, helping to immediately transport the imagination into a world linked with the past. CEO and curator Kent Russell and the museum staff make every effort to welcome visitors in innovative ways that facilitate discovery of what this museum has to offer.

The mission of Museum of Russian Icons is to “Serve as a leading center for research and scholarship through the Center of Icon Studies and other institutional collaborations.” In less than 10 years, it has become a defining global presence. Here audiences will see a connoisseur’s collection: icons of the highest quality and arguably the largest collection of its kind outside Russia today.

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