A carved icon of the Mother of God for the blind was presented in St. Isaac's Cathedral

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The carved wooden icon of the Mother of God "Iverskaya", created under the guidance of the artist and woodcarver Pavel Minin, is presented on April 10 at St. Isaac's Cathedral. It was consecrated by Priest Dionysius Prozorov.
The size of the image is 56.3 cm in height and 42.3 cm in width, the median is 36.0 × 24.0 cm. In the future, it will be located either in St. Isaac's Cathedral or in the chapel-museum of the Savior on Spilled Blood, which was consecrated in honor of the Iveron Icon of the Mother of God. This is the first icon in the museum's collection with Braille.
Director of the St. Isaac's Cathedral, Yuri Mudrov, noted that the Iveron image of the Mother of God is one of the most revered in the churches of St. Petersburg. The carved icon was created for people with visual disabilities, it uses inclusions of Braille so that the blind and visually impaired can read the inscriptions.
"The work on this image was conciliar, as is customary in Russia," said Egor Minin, a member of the Union of Artists of Russia. - We thought it over with engineers and carpenters, the project was coordinated with the staff of the St. Isaac's Cathedral Museum. My father, Pavel Minin, has been engaged in icon carving since 1990, and since 2015 we have been participating in museum projects for the blind and visually impaired - we have won grants and made icons. Recently, they have been decorated with Braille. It turned out to be in demand. This is a classic example of decorative and applied art, when the decoration is both beautiful and used as an inscription that harmoniously complements the image of the Virgin."
A group of artists plans to create carved icons of St. Alexander Nevsky, St. Isaac of Dalmatia, the Mother of God "Addition of Mind" and "The Lord on the Throne."
Pavel Minin devoted more than forty years of his life to woodcarving, and thanks to his enthusiasm, the art of carved icons is experiencing a rebirth. In 1984, as a graduation project, the artist created a carved panel "Slavic Fairy Tale", and in 1990 he began work on the first icon - the Korsun image of the Mother of God. The artist uses his own developments, introducing Slavic script into the design of the icon. Since 2003, the master has been leading a creative group for the manufacture of iconostases, which includes Omsk artists. His students, students of the Institute of Arts of Omsk Pedagogical University, take part in the work. A characteristic feature of the works of Omsk carvers is the rejection of polychrome painting. Their expressiveness is achieved due to the material itself: the color, texture of the wood and the combination of species in shades. This gives the Omsk carved icon features of asceticism, consonant with the harsh Siberian climate, and markedly distinguishes it from the works of masters of the European part of Russia.
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