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The MThA representatives discussed “Problems of protecting church art” at a scientific conference in the Russian State Humanitarian University

On January 30 th and 31 st the fourth scientific conference dedicated to “Problems of protecting church art” was held within the framework of 27 th International Educational Christmas Readings “The great Victory: heritage and heirs”. It took place in the Russian State Humanitarian University.

The conference was organized by the Church Art, Architecture and Restoration Expert Council, the Russian State Humanitarian University and the Moscow Theological Academy.

Leonid Kalinin, Head of the Church Art, Architecture and Restoration Expert Council, greeted an assembly. Next, a word was given to A.V. Kolotaev, Dean of the Art History faculty of the Russian State Humanitarian University, N.V. Kvlividze, Head of the Church Art History and Theory department of the Moscow Theological Academy, and archpriest Alexander Ranne, Chairman of the Religious Education and Catechism of Novgorod eparchy.

In his welcome speech archpriest Alexander mentioned the following:

It is important that the ones who pray in a church and the ones who try to preserve church art items understand each other. Personally, our aim is not only to bring up professional restorers and custodians, but to make them understand the spiritual meaning of all those examples of church art.

Nina Valerievna Kvlividze read a welcome speech from archpriest Maxim Kozlov, Chairman of the Russian Orthodox Church Educational Committee:

Hard times of the World War II destroyed thousands of architectural monuments while millions of cultural values were stolen. Thanks to tireless vigor of enthusiasts some of those lost treasures were restored from the ashes. Among the brightest examples we can call the Dormition cathedral of the Kiev-Pechersk Laura. Nontheless, problems concerned an architectural and fresco restoration are not fully solved. I can hope that this conference might offer some modern ways to deal with vital issues which restorers and culturologists face to.

Overall, representatives both from state and theological institutions as well as a number of restorers, fine art experts and members of museum staff took part in the conference. Among them there was A.S. Novikov, Director of the Moscow Theological Academy Museum “Church- archeological cabinet”.

 

Students and teachers of the Church Art History and Theory department in the Moscow Theological Academy helped to organize the conference and gave their reports on the following topics:

  • “From the ashes: Spas-on-Kovalev church and its frescos restoration” N.V. Kvlividze, Head of department, MThA Professor;
  • “Air-strike church architecture ruination in Belorussia and its restoration” I.N. Slyunkova, MThA Associate Professor;
  • “The MThA church-archeological cabinet collection in post-war time and nowadays: preservation and restoration” O.S. Voskresenskaya, MThA lecturer;
  • “Holy Trinity church fresco restoration in the Holy Trinity St. Sergiu’s Laura” K.V. Polischuk, MThA post-graduate;
  • “Post-war restoration and research of the Holy Trinity church iconostasis in the Holy Trinity St. Sergiu’s Laura” B.B. Goncharuk, MThA post-graduate;

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