The Museum of Glass and Miniatures of Lacquer in Vladimir

The Museum of Glass and Miniatures of Lacquer in Vladimir takes the impressive beauty of the Trinity building of the old believers of the Church. The exhibition was originally designed to combine samples of traditional arts and crafts, which was presented to the public in 1974.

The Church of the Trinity was built in a single year, before the revolution and carried out its direct functions until 1928. In its eclectic architectural style dominated by pseudo-Russian features. In the 1960s the church was restored, before placing the current museum here. The church was restored again to create a modern and comfortable exhibition area, where windows were inserted, so nowadays there is a lot of visible light in the stained glass windows.

The distribution of the museum space is worthy of the highest praise. It uses asymmetrical stands with smooth, multi-level lines with glass shelves that are well lit and give a multi-colored effect. The backlighting results in great plays on the faces of crystal and glass, making the saturated colors are bright.

The museum exhibition consists of several parts. The first and greatest work of art is crystal and glass. Here you can see pre-revolutionary masterpieces, but here the exhibition of the works of contemporary authors dominate. The exhibitions were realized with different techniques, as they are the fused, the cut, the engraving to the strong water, which is a special and outstanding work of artists of Gusev.

Locals call the Church of the Trinity “Red” because of the color of the brick, which was manufactured in a typical Phillips factory.

The second part of the screen is reserved for lacquer miniatures. In a hundred kilometers of Vladimir, in that same region is located the town of Mstera. This centennial town is famous for being the center of the picturesque miniatures since the fishery first disappeared (it was not so long ago, between 1950 and 1960). Msterinskie masters base their work on the style of painting with 19th century local icons. Mstera’s miniatures usually reflect any part of the old Russian fairy tales and classical literary works, these have a colorful gold pattern around.

The third exhibition is devoted to separate embroidery. This exhibition is placed on the second floor, where the choir church is located. These are the most outstanding works of the Masters Mstera who worked in a special style, “msterinskoy iron”; Today this skill has been lost. This embroidery was made with white thread on white canvas and portrayed mostly with flowers. Another style well represented in the exhibition is the embroidery of “The Sewing of Vladimir”, which is characterized by stitches made with bright thread of great thickness. Such embroidery became very popular during the Soviet era.

In the temple, there is excellent acoustics, and it is used correctly. You can record sound in the exhibition, and also, during the nights there are choral music concerts.

To leave the museum, you need to go through the ground floor, where you will find souvenir shops. You can buy crystal and glass products, these are very nice, but quite expensive.

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