"Christ in the Dungeon" in "Manege" centre

18.01.2019

"Christ in the Dungeon" in "Manege" centre

The unique project "Christ in the Dungeon" opened in the exhibition center "Manege" on January, 16.

The exhibition is devoted to a rather rare, but significant subject in Russian Orthodox iconography – “Christ in the Dungeon” (“Midnight Savior”) – the depiction of Jesus Christ imprisoned, subjected to desecration and awaiting his ascent to Calvary on the first stop of the Via Dolorosa. The afflicted Christ was portrayed sitting, with a crown of thorns on his head and, most often, with his right hand pressed to his cheek. Displayed in Manege, the exhibition consists of over thirty sculptures ranging from the mid-17th to the early 19th centuries.

Orthodox wooden sculpture is a major phenomenon in Russian art. Along with icons and works of decorative and applied art, it was part of artistic ensembles of churches and chapels.

With loans from fourteen Russia’s museums: the State Tretyakov Gallery, the State Russian Museum, Perm State Art Gallery, Morshansk Museum of History and Art, Pereslavl-Zalessky Museum Preserve, the State Museum of the History of Religion in St. Petersburg, Totma Museum Association and more.

The exhibition is open until 10 February in the exhibition hall "Manege". Location: 1, St.Isaac's Sq.
Daily from 11.00 till 20.00, Wednesday till 21.00.

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