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Press Release 1 - British Museum - Group Assignment

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  • 1. The British Museum Great Russell Street London WC1B 3DG Telephone: +44 (0)20 7323 8000/8299 Fax: +44 (0)20 7323 8616 Email: press@britismuseum.org www.britishmuseum.org PRESS RELEASE 1st October 2009 Most valuable Russian painting to be displayed in the British Museum The British Museum has received the ancient Byzantine painting of St George from Moscow’s State Historical Museum today. The ‘Black George’, which has an estimated value of £ 850,000, will be displayed within the exhibition ‘Roman and Byzantine icons’ until July 2010. Discovered in 1959 by a resident of the Russian village Pskov, the masterpiece was donated to the State Historical Museum in Moscow. The icon is part of a collection of five items, depicting several orthodox saints. Found in various places at different times, the State Historical Museum succeeded in bringing them all together and lends them individually to museums worldwide for limited periods. Yekatarina Odintsova, curator of the State Historical Museum said: “We are glad to partner with the British Museum in the forthcoming exhibition. The uniqueness of the “Black George” is based on the fact that the horse is painted black rather than the traditional white.” Luisa Denuell, the curator of the British Museum, adds: “We are very honoured to collaborate with the Historical State Museum and to present this Byzantine artefact to our visitors.” When it was found, the panel was being used as a shutter of a barn window. Subsequent cleaning by conservators revealed that it had been over-painted several times. Below an eighteenth-century folk painting they uncovered a seventeenth-century layer and finally this outstanding fourteenth-century icon, which was immediately recognized as an early masterpiece of Russian painting. END Notes for editors Page 1 of 2
  • 2. • The exhibition The exhibition is in joint collaboration with the State Historical Museum. For further information visit www.britishmuseum.org/roman-byzantine-icons • Admission and opening times ‘Roman and Byzantine Icons’ will be hosted in room 35 of the British Museum. Admission is free to all visitors. The museum is open daily from 10.00 to 17.30. • ‘Black George’ For further information on the painting please visit www.britishmuseum.org/roman- byzantine-icons/blackgeorge For the picture of the icon check www.britishmuseum.org/roman-byzantine- icons/blackgeorge/image • Book The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated book, edited by Dr. Luisa Denuell and Dr. Yekaterina Odintsova and published by British Museum Press. It will be available in the museum’s gift shop. • Further information For the list of other exhibitions, sponsors and partnering agencies please contact Yushua A. Shuaib. Press Contact Yushua A. Shuaib Telephone: +44 (0)20 7323 8000/8201 Mobile: +44 (0)77 6551 1461 Email: yshuaib@britishmuseum.org MA PR Team Jayne Boachie, Chief Security Officer British Museum Filippo Ciampini, Director British Museum Luisa Elena Denuell, Curator British Museum Yekaterina Odintsova, Curator State Historical Museum Yushua A. Shuaib, Press Office British Museum Roxana Tintea, Detective Chief Superintendent Metropolitan Police Page 2 of 2

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