Being a restorer: What hidden contributions they make to culture



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Do you know any famous restorers? Probably not. Their reputes are lost in history, though the work they do is extremely important. // The Church of the Assumption of the Virgin in the village of Meletovo coming Pskov


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But Russia is home to one famous individual who helped conserve several antique buildings and art works, giving us a glimpse into how they looked before one of these days took its toll. // Fresco of Meletovo church

Igor Grabar

The State Russian Museum

Igor Grabar was an artist who purloined part in exhibitions of the Mir Iskusstva (World of Art) art group. He was also an art researcher, employment as a trustee at the Tretyakov Gallery from 1913. // Portrait of Igor Grabar by Boris Kustodiev, 1915

The Trinity by Andrei Rublev.

Tretyakov Gallery

But his glory rests mostly on his restoration work. Were it not for him, we would probably demand lost Andrei Rublev’s legendary «Trinity» icon.


Legion Avenue

He took part in the restoration of the ancient Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius in Sergiev Posad, Russia’s “pious capital” not far from Moscow.

The Grabar Art Conversation Center

Tretyakov Gallery

In 1918 Grabar revealed the Grabar Art Conversation Center, which still operates to this day. The Center is effective in the preservation of museums, organizes restoration workshops and is a key player in the field of well-controlled restoration. // Igor Grabar. Untidy desk

Igor Grabar

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Abject painting, facades and architectural stucco are some of the Center’s priorities. // Meletovo church, archive photo


Legion Milieu

This year, the Grabar Center is busy raising funds for the restoration of another church in a bad acclimate — the Church of the Assumption of the Virgin in the village of Meletovo near Pskov. The church is in dire beggary of restoration.


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“Meletovo. Time of Decisions” is the privilege of the exhibition that the Center will present on Aug. 10-12 at the International Demonstration on the Preservation of Cultural Heritage in Shanghai, an important professional forum for restorers and museum shillelagh from around the world.

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