Your Essential Guide to Russian Traditions, Art, and History
The Eastern Orthodox marriage ceremony includes the "crowning" of the couple. They are told their role is to be the rulers of their household, but also that these are crowns of martyrdom. (The crown in Byzantine iconography indicates the person died for Christ. "Martyria" means witness; they witnesses their commitment to Christ) The sacrificial aspect of marriage is emphasized in the words of the rite.
Date: early 19th century Culture: Russian Medium: silk, metal, cotton, paper Dimensions: height; length between points: 14 x 19 in. (35.6 cm) Credit Line: Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of the Brooklyn Museum, 2009; Gift of Mrs. Edward S. Harkness in memory of her mother, Elizabeth Greenman Stillman, 1931
Vibrant Photos Pay Homage to Slavic Folklore through High-Fashion Portraits
Vibrant images with a distinctive blend of stylistic influences are the modus operandi of Moscow-based photographer Andrey Yakovlev and art director Lili Aleeva (a duo known simply as Yakovlev and Aleeva). Placing an emphasis on feminine beauty and glamour, the creative husband-wife pair has created a photo series placing their subjects in traditional Slavic garb to create a collection of intense visuals. Dramatic and enticing, the duo are experts in forming memorable photographs by…