The exhibition "Crucifixion and Resurrection" will open in the Novgorod Kremlin. Volotovo Field"

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On Russia Day, June 12, the opening of the exhibition "Crucifixion and Resurrection" will take place in the building of the Offices of the Novgorod Kremlin. Volotovo Field". The event is timed to coincide with the 80th anniversary of the liberation of Veliky Novgorod from Nazi invaders and is dedicated to the history of the restoration of the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Volotovo Field.
During the Great Patriotic War, the Novgorod Museum lost more than 30 thousand monuments, many of which were looted or destroyed by the German occupiers. One of these lost gems of Novgorod stone architecture was the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, built in 1352 and decorated with frescoes by the "Volotovsky master", who, according to art historians, is not inferior to the greatness of Theophanes the Greek. After the destruction by Nazi artillery, only ruins and about 1.7 million fragments of frescoes remained of the temple. In 2003, the church was restored and became part of the Novgorod Museum-Reserve. Since then, restorers have been tirelessly restoring the surviving frescoes, demonstrating that art can be reborn from the ashes of war.
The exhibition will also feature a unique collection of "Volotov holidays" – icons created for the church in the first half of the XV century. Before the war, nine icons of this rank were kept in the Novgorod Museum, but only four were evacuated. In 1948, one of the stolen icons, The Resurrection of Lazarus, was returned from Germany. In 2023, another lost icon was found at an auction in Dusseldorf – the Crucifixion, stolen by a German chaplain during the war. Thanks to the efforts of the Novgorod Museum and the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, the icon was returned to Russia in 2024.
The exhibition "Crucifixion and Resurrection. Volotovo Field" presents a unique opportunity to see the returned icon for the first time together with the other five icons of the Volotovo festive order. Visitors will also be able to see architectural plans and watercolors of the church, pre-revolutionary and military photographs of the temple, fragments of frescoes restored by Novgorod restorers.

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