Louvre sheds western light on Russian icons, past

Mar 3, 2010 Full story: WTOP

Russian icons, with their somber tones and gold-framed visages, perplex many western art viewers.

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Dr Lecter

Toronto, Canada

#1 Mar 3, 2010
The first major image in the exhibit, a 14th-century painting on wood of Saints Boris and Gleb, shows two martyrs standing in identical poses, framed in rich, textured gold leaf.

Their father, Grand Prince Volodymir (Vladimir), formally converted Kievan Rus (NB: NOT Russia) to Orthodox Christianity in the 10th century, and the two were killed by a half brother.

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