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How America Discovered Russian Icons: The Soviet Loan Exhibition Of 1930-32, Wendy Salmond Jan 2010

How America Discovered Russian Icons: The Soviet Loan Exhibition Of 1930-32, Wendy Salmond

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On 14 October 1930, the first exhibition of Russian icons ever to take place in the United States opened at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Over the next nineteen months it traveled to nine venues across the country, introducing the American public to a form of medieval painting virtually unknown outside Russia. Billed as the "Union of Soviet Socialist Republics Loan Exhibition," its avowed goal was to share with the outside world the full story of Russian icon painting's evolution from the twelfth to the nineteenth centuries, thereby adding a vital missing chapter to the history of ...