The Intrinsic Presence Of The Women Watching Over Russia’s   Treasures

Kugach’s Before the Dance, State Tretyakov Gallery

 

Photographer Andy Freeberg is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this documentary photography.  These images are from his book ‘Guardians‘.  To see Andy’s body of work click on any image.

 

Konchalovsky’s Family Portrait

 

Petrov Vodkin’s Bathing of the Red Horse, Tretyakov Galleries

 

Nesterov’s Blessed St Sergius of Radonezh, Russian State Museum

 

In the art museums of Russia, women sit in the galleries and guard the collections. When you look at the paintings and sculptures, the presence of the women becomes an inherent part of viewing the artwork itself. I found the guards as intriguing to observe as the pieces they watch over. In conversation they told me how much they like being among Russia’s great art. A woman in Moscow’s State Tretyakov Gallery Museum said she often returns there on her day off to sit in front of a painting that reminds her of her childhood home. Another guard travels three hours each day to work, since at home she would just sit on her porch and complain about her illnesses, “as old women do.” She would rather be at the museum enjoying the people watching, surrounded by the history of her country.

 

Rublev and Daniil’s the Deesis Tier

 

Sign on a Bush, State Tretyakov Gallery

 

2nd Century Mummy Masks, Pushkin Museum

 

Statues, Hermitage

 

Stroganov Palace, Russian State Museum

 

Bonifazio Veronese’s Adoration of the shepherds and Madonna and Child with St Catherine, St John the Baptist, St Dorotea and St Anthony the Abbot, State Hermitage Museum

 

See also:

Guardians of Russian Art Museums

Book By Andy Freeberg

 


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