The Museum of Icons
Palekh, Lenina Street, 6
Icon painters from Palekh were famous all over Russia long before the lacquer miniature was created. In the eighteenth century Palekh artists already painted murals in churches across the whole country. When they returned home, they brought the icons from the places they visited. As a result, they assembled a unique collection of icons of the XIV-XIX centuries. The collection includes icons from all over Russia: from Novgorod to the Urals, from the Russian North to the Volga region. The creation of the Museum of Ancient Painting helped preserve this collection until today.
After the October Revolution, the collection was replenished with numerous icons rescued by Palekh citizens from the closed and destroyed churches throughout the region. As a result, the collection of the museum turned out to be absolutely exceptional. Some of the artifacts, such as the seventeenth century Old Believer cross, are so unique that they were exhibited even in the Vatican.
The second part of the exhibition is composed of works of Palekh masters. Palekh icons are very detailed. There can be several hundreds of faces of saints painted on one Menaion icon, which you can pore over for hours. While looking at these works of art, you will definitely notice the connection between the Palekh icon and the Palekh lacquer miniature. ContactsMuseum website+7 493 342 10 54
, +7 493 342 17 28Operating hours
Tuesday – Friday 10 – 17
Saturday, Sunday 10 – 16