Upcoming Exhibitions

March 22, 2024—August 25, 2024

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. Sacred Presence: The Virgin of Kazan tells the story of this image through the lens of a single seventeenth-century icon in the Museum’s collection. Guest curated by Dennis Sardella, the exhibit interweaves 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.