Sunday, 31 March 2013

The Art of the Divine

An exhibition of Romanian icons on glass by artist Teodora Roşca at Christ Church Cathedral Dublin, Tuesday 26 March until 7 April 2013

The Story of the Icon on Glass
In the last three centuries the icon on glass painted in Romania, in the region of Transylvania, has been visible in the European cultural landscape for the beauty of the genuine folklore themes that it depicts. Its story begins in Nicula village, where in 1699 a wooden icon of the Virgin Mary, freshly painted by a priest from the bordering village, wept. Since then the miracle-working icon of Virgin Mary, now carefully preserved in the orthodox monastery raised there, draws great annual pilgrimages during the religious feast called "Sântămăria" ["Saint Mary"]. The first pilgrims were anxious to obtain an image of the miraculous Madonna to take home. In this way the great spread of the painting of icons on glass in Transylvania began. These icons on glass reflect a particular thinking of the Transylvanian Romanian peasant, living in an intercultural space. They are also an expression of the interference of Eastern religious thought with Western folk iconography, as the icon on glass, at that time (eighteenth century), was already a tradition in Central Europe. Hence, from Nicula village, gradually, the road to the South of the Transylvanian icon – to the centers of Şcheii Braşov, Sebeş Valley, Maierii of Alba Iulia, Mărginimea Sibiului or the region of Făgăraş Mountains – encounters its Eastern mysticism and dogma. In this respect, the fragile glass material is adopted for large iconographic achievements, such as Doomsday (one version coming even from the Saint Mount of Athos) or compositions with multiple scenes.

Friday, 22 March 2013

Eurotrip Citizen X Finale

There is so much talent in the Department! 

Alex and Ailbhe from first year have made this great video, their entry for the Eurotrip Citizen X competition, and need your vote to take on the TalkToEU Eurotrip Challenge.

If they win, they'll be racing across 5 countries over 6 days, while completing 5 tasks. If you'd like them to take on the Eurotrip challenge, then give them your vote here - and share the link!

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Dublin City Festival of Russian Culture 2013

This year's Maslenitsa festival start this coming Saturday 9th March and runs to Thursday 14th March. Sunday 10th March sees the traditional family day in Temple Bar (photos from last year), and there is a great line-up of events - cultural, literary, musical and more - throughout the Festival.

Event highlights co-organised by the Department:
Sat, 9th March, 12.00-13.00, Cultural Talk at the National Gallery, Justin Doherty, "The Exotic in Russian Art and Music"
Sat, 9th March, 18.00-19.30, Literary Evening with Dmitry Bykov at the Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin
Wed, 13th March, 19.00-20.30, Cultural Evening, "Poetry of the Russian Silver Age", Atrium, Trinity College Dublin
Thur, 14th March, 19:00-20:30, Public Lecture by Conor O'Clery, "Russia's brief love affair with America", Davis theatre (Rm. 2043), Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin

Festival brochure
Festival site (Note that the the online programme is not yet fully up-to-date.)
Follow the Festival on Facebook.