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Secret Symbolism: Decoding Color in Russian Icons
January 7 through March 1, 2014
Visitors can discover how various colors and tints reveal and augment the meaning of sacred paintings. Understanding the connotation of the palette of colors typically used in icon "writing" cultivates a deeper understanding of the saints and legends the paintings portray. Icons selected for the exhibit date from the 15th through 19th centuries.
The colors featured in the exhibit are gold, white, green, black and variations of red and blue. Though the exhibit highlights icons from different centuries, stylistic schools and geographic regions, the use of color is remarkably consistent. Consequently, each color has been determined to represent a unique, corresponding meaning within the context of Russian Iconography.
Traditionally, icons are painted with egg tempera paints tinted with animal, mineral or vegetable pigments. For example, red tempera paint is derived from the mineral cinnabar, while gypsum or chalk is used to create white. These natural pigments were believed to represent heavenly rewards bestowed to saints to honor their holy deeds. Though more stable artistic materials are now available, most iconographers continue to use tempera paints and paint colors in the same manner as their predecessors.
Tuesday - Friday 11AM - 3PM
Saturday 9AM - 3PM
Open Thursday evenings until 7PM
Closed on: July 4, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.
Docent tours are available.
Adults $7, Seniors (59 and over) $5
Students (with ID) & children (3-17) $2
Children under 3 FREE
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The Museum is ADA accessible.
203 Union Street
Clinton, Massachusetts 01510
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