Russian Icons: Spirit and Beauty, Jan Morsink Ikonen at Trinity House, 50 Maddox Street, London W1, Saturday 22 November to Thursday 27 November 2014.
This is the second time that the Amsterdam-based icon experts Jan Morsink Ikonen will exhibit in London – regular readers may recall that I wrote about them last year.
Simon Morsink explains that for this year’s show, which is part of Russian Art Week, they “are showing excellent examples of the various schools’ high quality painting reflecting the deep spirituality and beauty of Russian and Greek orthodox art.”
Among the highlights is a rare pair of Russian Royal Doors, dating from the first half of the 17th century and from the Volga Region. These doors are the central two panels of an iconostasis, the screen between the nave and sanctuary. They are called ‘Royal’ because during the celebration of the liturgy it is believed that Jesus Christ, the King of Glory is carried through them in the form of the chalice with the body and blood of Christ. The Gospel is also proclaimed from them.
Opening hours: Saturday and Sunday: 2 pm – 6 pm, Monday to Thursday: 11 am – 6 pm
Impressionism: Spirit and Beauty, Trinity House, 50 Maddox Street, London W1, 22nd November to 6th December 2014.
Well-known as specialists in Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and 19th century works of art Trinity House is exhibiting these paintings alongside the Russian and Greek Icons mentioned above.
The gallery’s Simon Mills says “The aim of this show is to juxtapose these two very diverse painterly styles to highlight how they can, in fact, work alongside one another in harmony. By displaying the two approaches to painting together, the viewer is better able to understand the qualities and active decision-making behind each style through observing the differences and merits found in each.”
Among the pictures on view is a powerful charcoal drawing by Edgar Degas – Dancer (Préparation en dedans). Dating from around 1885, it was included in the 2011 Degas Exhibition at London’s Royal Academy.