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Religious icon

This was a more recent icon, because the figure looks more like a real person instead of a stylistic representation. This piece is interesting because it shows very clearly how the painting is covered by a decorated silver or gold "mask", which is shaped to allow the face and hands of the icon figure underneath to be visible.
Yaroslavl

May 30th 2017
Geo: 57.636, 39.8928We had a long tour of Yaroslavl this morning. An industrial city of some 600,000 people. The Russian Federation has 13 cities with a population of more than 1M, in its total of 146M. Women outnumber men by a large margin: 78M to 68M. What was the USSR became 15 countries in 1991. ... read more
Europe » Russia

Russian Flag Founded in the 12th century, the Principality of Muscovy, was able to emerge from over 200 years of Mongol domination (13th-15th centuries) and to gradually conquer and absorb surrounding principalities. In the early 17th century, a new Romanov Dynas... ... read more
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