A BEACON OF LIGHT. EVERYDAY LAMPS IN MEDIEVAL RUSSIA

Palace of Tsar Alexey Mikhailovich, exhibition hall on the ground floor

27 November 2018 – 10 March 2019

The Palace of Tsar Alexis I (Alexey Mikhailovich), a reconstructed monument of Russian XVII century wooden architecture, has not by chance been chosen the exhibition venue. The artistic conception of its reconstructed interiors is based on the studies of documental sources and a wide range of authentic historical counterparts. A separate task of the museum’s team was to make a historically accurate reconstruction of interior lamps. In the present exposition you will see various types of lamps corresponding to the original palace epoch– the XVII and XVIII centuries.

   

Light was by no means unimportant for the everyday life and culture of the XVII century. The present exhibition focuses on lighting devices and other interior décor items typologically corresponding to the medieval aesthetics prevailing in the second half of the XVII century. You will see most typical lamps of peasants’ dwellings, gala and living chambers of noblemen’s houses and palaces as well as churches.

Lamps were brought from Western Europe by the Tsars’ orders or as ambassadorial gifts. The local production developed gradually. The types of lamps popular in the XVII century included suspension, standing and removable ones. Depending on the function each type could be divided into several configuration sub-types. Thus, suspended lamps could be ceiling or wall-based, while the standing ones could be intended for tables of floor. The lighting devices could be made of silver, copper, tin, iron, wood, bone, and ceramics. The lamps could be cast, forged or carved, depending on the material. Quite often they had gilding and painted ornament. The shapes of lamps were common for secular and religious premises. Royal chambers and boyars’ houses were lit with chandeliers, coronae lucis, and lanterns. Scanty candles and oil lams became widespread in church interiors. The primitive rushlight holders were most popular among common residents.

The entire exposition includes over 200 items – documents, books, graphics, Old Russian painting, decorative and applied art from museum and archive collections.

Organizers:

Moscow City Department of Culture

Moscow State Integrated Museum-Reserve

Participants:

  • The Moscow State Integrated Art and Historical Architectural and Natural Landscape Museum-Reserve
  • State Historical Museum
  • Sergiev Posad State History and Art Museum-Preserve
  • State Historical Architectural and Artistic Museum-Reserve ‘Aleksandrovskaya Sloboda’
  • Pereslavl-Zalessky Museum-Reserve
  • Veliky Novgorod Museum-Reserve
  • Russian State Archive of Ancient Acts
  • Museum of History of Exterior Lighting “The Lights of Moscow”

 

Age category: 6+

Address: building 69, 39, prospect Andropova, ‘Kashirskaya’ underground station

Exhibition opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday – from 10.00 to 6.00 p.m., closed on Mondays. Tickets are available at the museum ticket offices from 9.45 a.m. to
5.30 p.m., as well as on the official web-site of the museum.

In order to plan a visit for physically challenged people, please call:
+7 (910) 450-53-97

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