Russian Orthodox icons Art

Since anсient times in Russia skilled women embroidered hand-written icons. Some of Them by overseas beads, and others often by pearls and sawed nacre, flavouring this hand-made miracle with jewels and semi-precious stones.

But the misfortune had come, and our monasteries that were a stronghold of Orthodoxy had been closed, brotherhood and sisters had been dispersed, churches had been closed. They tried to destroy our faith as well, but that was above their strength. The faith in God lives in people’s souls – nobody sees it, nobody hears it, but it warms and supports the people deep inside. But the orthodox traditions were seen by everyone, and they destroyed them.

The same case with embroidery: who had this skill – had died, and youth had not learned it. Moreover it was dangerous to have this skill in that time. Thus, this ancient skill was gradually forgotten.

Unique gift - The beaded icons.

But the soul-alive does not have a peace; it wants to express in visible beauty the love to the God it has. And because of this, like stars in the sky, all across the Mother-Russia become to appear native-masters, which revive the lost skill. In various ways. One copies few things, which still exists, someone else has looked at ancient works, and dares to contrive on his own. There is such a person in our city – artist Maria Yantovskaya. She started to embroider a long time ago – more then 30 years ago, in those days when such creativity was dangerous.

She also invented own techniques of an embroidery of icons, and then taught the others. And those works, that you can see here, are made by her techniques – every bead is sewn separately, but all together, like the Byzantine mosaic, they form an integral picture. And though these icons are executed strictly on an orthodox canon, nevertheless there is a place for creativity even in its frames – to decorate with stones, or pearls, or amber. So the each icon is a unique one, the only one. But, why I just tell you – you better look ….