"Wrestling with Angels," a new exhibit of contemporary religious icons, opens this week at the Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton.
"Wrestling with Angels," a new exhibit of contemporary religious icons, opens this week at the Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton.

"It's iconic" is a phrase often uttered when something is breathtaking or beyond description. And that's what visitors to the Museum of Russian Icons will likely say when viewing "Wrestling with Angels," a new exhibition of 46 luminous contemporary icons on display July 19-Oct. 27 at the Clinton venue.

The icons are the works of 16 iconographers from the Prosopon School of Iconology and Iconography, all of whom are exploring the recent renaissance of this ancient tradition.

Visitors will encounter the icons as they would within an Orthodox church, including events and people from Hebrew scripture, images of Jesus and his mother Mary, principal feasts of the Christian liturgical year and mystical subjects.

The title of the exhibition refers to the first icon displayed, a work that depicts a mysterious wrestling match between Jacob and an unidentified stranger as described in Genesis, the first book of the Bible.

The centerpiece of the exhibition is a group of five large icons with Christ in Glory at the center and surrounded by saints.

The Prosopon School is a contemporary American school dedicated to creating religious art in the grand iconographic tradition. The icons on view were assembled by instructor and collector Lynette Hull, who is committed to sharing the beauty and vibrancy of Prosopon School works with the public. Various lectures, films, workshops and classes will be held during the course of the exhibition. Visits https://www.museumofrussianicons.org/calendar/ for details.


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