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The State Historical Museum and the Yaroslavl Art Museum present the exhibition. "Acquisition"dedicated to the rescued icons from the ruined temples of Yaroslavl.

The museum houses 36 icons of the 16th - early 20th centuries, many of which have never before been exhibited. Icons have been restored since the 1990s. specialists from Yaroslavl and Moscow. Among them are the unique works of a rare iconography: "The Resurrection with the Descent into Hell"; "The Holy Martyr Antipas of Pergamon", "Holy Princess Olga", exemplified by the fresco by M. V. Nesterov from the Vladimir Cathedral in Kiev. The icon "Archdeacon Phillip" served as a door to the diakonnik of the Ascension Church of Yaroslavl in 1682, which is quite rare for temple interiors.

During the persecutions of the Russian Orthodox Church after the revolution of 1917, many works of religious art were destroyed. Partially icons from the destroyed or closed temples of Yaroslavl came to the repositories of restoration workshops. Fearing for the fate of the monuments that were in overcrowded vaults, the restorers decided to hide the icons in the attic of the building of the Metropolitan Chambers. In October 1930, the restoration workshops in Yaroslavl were closed.

Since April 1933, an art gallery has opened in the former Metropolitan's Chambers, and since 1959 a cultural and educational school has been housed here. In 1977, the Metropolitan's chambers returned to the art museum. According to the memoirs of the main keeper of the Yaroslavl Art Museum, T. L. Vasilyeva, during the preparation of the building for placing an exposition in the attic, 81 icons were discovered. They were laid on wooden floors face down, on top of a thick layer lay earthen filling and small debris.

The origin of the vast majority of icons is unknown. Documents on them, with the rarest exception, have not survived, and the mention of eyewitnesses is a tremendous success. A unique collection is made by three centuries of time scatter of icon-painting creations and their widest style variety.
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