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Olga A. Kovtun

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Olga A. Kovtun — PhD in Philosophy, Associate Professor, The South Ural State University, Lenin Ave. 86, 454080 Chelyabinsk, Russia. ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2609-5813. E-mail: ol.kowtun2012@yandex.ru


History of Arts




Vol. 56


pp. 226–235


January 31, 2019

Date of publication

June 28, 2020



Index UDK

7.033 + 687.016

Index BBK



The paper is to address little-studied pieces of goldwork church embroidery stored in the vestry of St. Simeon's Cathedral of Verkhoturye. The author’s goal was to explore artistic crafts of women's monasteries and actualize the theme of church art in Russian culture. The sacred objects represent the most important part of the Eastern Christian cultural heritage. The study considers stylistic and decorative-artistic features of the works of liturgical embroidery in the 19th century. The research methodology is based on the principle of integrated approach and the method of artistic and stylistic analysis. The goal of studying church monastic art at the turn of the 20th century determined the methodology of research. The author considered religious objects as works of arts and crafts accessory in the liturgy. The artistic and stylistic method of analyzing works allowed highlighting the influence of secular and folk embroidery elements on the ornamentation of church embroidery. The combination of art history and historical approaches made it possible to identify the time frame and artistic features of the works in question in the context of art of the late 19th century. The paper points out the connection between folk and religious and orthodox art in the spiritual culture of Russia. Moreover the study results in introducing of the little-known artifacts of church art into scientific circulation.


church embroidery, goldwork, shroud, ornament, Eastern Christian culture.


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