Michelle Massey

Matryoshka: The Nesting Doll

Matryoshka, a painted wooden nesting doll, is familiar to many as the quintessential Russian souvenir. Pulled apart, the Matryoshka spills out smaller figures, each one inside a larger doll, until the tiniest one is revealed. Matryoshka dolls are new-comers in the ancient family of Russian wooden toys. The brightly painted toy was developed in the […] Read More

Vladimir School of Painting

    The exhibition will uncover the unique regional art style that emerged in the town of Vladimir (120 miles east of Moscow) in the 1960s and 1970s. Festive and vibrantly colorful, the works of Vladimir artists were a striking contrast to subdued, albeit well balanced, color palettes of the masters of official Soviet art. […] Read More

Russian Sacred Art: Connecting Heaven and Earth

  The exhibition Russian Sacred Art will bring together more than fifty 19th century icons and other religious objects, drawing on a significant private American collection of icons. Of all the treasures of sacred Russian art, 19th century icons are the least well-known and appreciated.   The exhibition Russian Sacred Art is the first presentation in […] Read More

“Milkmaids, Novella” at The IZBA

We are thrilled to announce the installation of "Milkmaids, Novella" by Nikolai Nikolaevich Baskalov, 1962 in its new home at IZBA Museum Store at The Museum of Russian Art.  Come visit this magnificent work (a favorite by many), enjoy a cup of tea, and immerse in Russian art and culture […] Read More

Gifts and Prayers: The Romanovs and Their Subjects

This exhibition of exquisite objects from a private collection (on extended loan and a promised gift to the Georgia Museum of Art) shows how the Romanov family of Russian rulers commissioned, used and distributed gifts to solidify its hold on power. It includes portrait paintings, military medals and orders, statuettes, icons, snuff boxes and objects made by Fabergé, among […] Read More