Russian icons are sacred, "living" text that serve as a window between heaven and earth and a gateway between the Orthodox believer and God. The icon is a world of signs, each filled with spiritual significance. Nothing about an icon -- the paints and materials used, colors, the position and size of characters -- is casual. The stature of icon masters is close to that of monks; icons are traditionally painted at large monstery centers called "lavras." Russian icons are blessed and approved by the Russian Orthodox Church.
Holy Cross owns several Russian icons. Take a tour of the collection.
The Musuem of Russian Icons has recently opened in nearby Clinton, Massachusetts. In the spring, the Russian Program sponsors a trip to the museum. The Museum also offers a student internship program.