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Russian Miss Universe present in St. Petersburg, unique icons

December 25 2008

On December 29 in St. Petersburg in the Diocesan Office will open an exhibition "Measuring icon: history and modernity." Exhibits - Consecration of Russian icons, a special type, known as "dimensional".

The exhibition is initiated by the Russian Club of Orthodox patrons. Dimensional icon in the old days were given to each infant at baptism. It is done on an ad hoc measurements: height of the board of the icon on which to write full-length image of the patron saint baby, corresponds exactly to the growth of the child at birth, the width of the board - the width of the shoulder of a newborn. Face project revival of the tradition-dimensional icons in Russia was the only Russian Miss Universe Oxana Fedorova, a leading television program "Good night, kids."

Dimensional icons were popular in Russia before the church reforms of Peter the Great, then this tradition has virtually disappeared. Dimensional icon is designed to protect the child from the ills of life and support him morally in the minutes of the test.

Russian Club of Orthodox Maecenas (RKPM) began to revive the ancient tradition of writing dimensional icons in late 2005 and already in 2006 in Russia was written by 50 thousand dimensional icons. All of them are created by the canons of iconography that existed 300 years ago.

The concept of "Measuring icon: History and Modernity" - three blocks: the historical (some authentic vintage dimensional icons of 17-19 cc.), And ten photocopies of the ancient dimensional icons on display in the Church and the archaeological Cabinet Trinity Sergius Lavra, the Archangel Cathedral of Moscow Kremlin and the Novodevichy Monastery, as well as modern (eleven iconic works of our contemporaries). All the icons are made with
full knowledge of the foundations of iconography and the history of theology, bright and distinctive reflect the ancient traditions of iconography.

Leading the opening ceremony will be Russian Miss Universe Oxana Fedorova. The opening ceremony will take part RKPM delegation headed by Andrei Poklonskiy, diplomats, clergy,
French and Russian businessmen, artists, etc.
Андрей Гальперин

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