Northern Russia's folk art on display in Germany

A unique collection of Northern Russia's Orthodox art is being exhibited in Tuebingen, Germany, in an event timed to coincide with a promotion campaign for Russia's North Western Federal District in the country.

The exposition was prepared by the Visual Arts Museum of Karelia and Kizhi, another historic landmark in the area.

The museum's deputy director Vladimir Platonov said the exhibit features icons dating from the 15th to the 19th century painted using an ancient egg tempera technique, 17th to 19th century cast brass and decorative church art.

Also on display is a life-size copy of an Orthodox Church iconostasis and elements of church ceiling decorations.

Platonov says some of the exhibits are priceless treasures of Russian religious art, such as Saint Nicholas and The Miracle of St. George about the Dragon, icons of the 15th and 16th century, respectively.

Part of the event, musical ensembles will perform church and folk music and lectures will be delivered on Northern Russia's Orthodox art.

The exposition in Tuebingen is to stay open until next February.

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