The year 2013 marks the 400th anniversary of the beginning of the Romanov Dynasty, or the House of Romanov — the imperial monarchy that ruled Russia from 1613 until 1917 and included the reigns of Peter the Great, Catherine the Great and Nicholas II, the last tsar. To commemorate the event, the N.C. Museum of History is hosting two magnificent exhibitions that will run concurrently. The dates are Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, through Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
The Tsars’ Cabinet showcases more than 230 porcelain and decorative arts objects that exemplify the craftsmanship of artisans under the Romanov tsars. Many of the pieces were made for the ruling tsars and their families. See objects produced by the Imperial Porcelain Factory in St. Petersburg, one of the oldest porcelain factories in Europe, as well as wares made by the Imperial Glass Factory in St. Petersburg and examples of intricate enamel work from renowned firms such as Fabergé and Ovchinnikov.
From the life of sumptuous excess under the tsars, Windows into Heaven plumbs the mystical depth of the Russian spirit and offers a glimpse into eternity via the dignified grandeur of the Russian Orthodox Church. Christianity officially came to Russia from Byzantium (Constantinople) in 988, and Russian churches adopted the ancient tradition of Byzantine icon painting. The exhibition brings together 36 Russian icons dating from the 18th and 19th centuries on loan from the private collection of Lilly and Francis Robicsek of Charlotte.
The Tsars’ Cabinet is organized by The Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William & Mary from the Kathleen Durdin Collection, in collaboration with International Arts & Artists.
See both exhibitions for one admission price. Tickets cost $7 for ages 12 and up; $5 for children ages 7 to 11, senior citizens, active military personnel, college students with ID, and groups of 10 or more (per person). Admission is free for children ages 6 and under and for Museum Associates members. Beginning Sept. 20, purchase tickets online at www.ncmuseumofhistory.org or in the Museum Shop.
For more information visit ncmuseumofhistory.org or Facebook. To schedule tours for groups of 10 or more, sign up online at nccapvisit.org. The Museum of History, within the Division of State History Museums, is part of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.