In conjunction with “Gifts and Prayers: The Romanovs and Their Subjects,” Tillander-Godenhielm, author of “The Russian Imperial Award System During the Reign of Nicholas II, 1894–1917,” will discuss the historical background of objects relating to the Romanov dynasty, including military orders, medals, badges, paintings and more. November 1 from 5:30 – 6:30 pm.
This exhibition of exquisite objects from a private collection (on extended loan and a promised gift to the Georgia Museum of Art) shows how the Romanov family of Russian rulers commissioned, used and distributed gifts to solidify its hold on power. It includes portrait paintings, military medals and orders, statuettes, icons, snuff boxes and a silver boat made by Fabergé, among many other items. It will be accompanied by a catalogue published by the museum.
Among the memorabilia and objects representing military decorations are medals, badges and awards of all the Russian Imperial Orders of Chivalry. Many of these insignia, beautifully rendered in gold, translucent enamel and jewels, were presented by the tsars in recognition of military service. Also showcased are ceremonial swords including a diamond-encrusted sword awarded by Alexander I, armor, helmets topped with double-headed eagles and an intricately designed silver trophy from the Crimean War.
Assembled by a single private collector, the collection has been virtually unknown for decades. Curator Asen Kirin, professor of art history at the Lamar Dodd School of Art, has selected nearly 200 objects to introduce the collection and its presence at the museum, which will promote its study in years to come.
Sponsors: The Fraser-Parker Foundation, the W. Newton Morris Charitable Foundation and the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art
Guest curator: Asen Kirin, professor of art history, Lamar Dodd School of Art, University of Georgia