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Sacred Presence Exhibition Member Opening

Thursday 21 March

Museum members, join us to celebrate the opening of our newest exhibition, Sacred Presence: The Virgin of Kazan.

Please register by March 15.

Believed to be a Byzantine icon, the Virgin of Kazan was mysteriously rediscovered in 1579 in the hinterlands of the emergent Muscovite empire. Over the centuries, it came to be among the most beloved images in the Russian religious imagination. Guest curated by author and Museum docent Dennis Sardella, the exhibit tells the story of this image through the lens of a single seventeenth-century icon in the Museum’s collection.

Enjoy light refreshments while you explore the exhibit with Dennis Sardella, who will discuss reflections on the image’s iconography, form, spiritual journey, allure, and beauty, as well as its cooption by political and religious actors up to our modern times.

Free