Monasteries (Religious Artefacts)

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(6088) “Opisanie moskovskikh monastyrei, khramov: soborov, tserkvei, a takzhe molitvennykh domov i chasoven s ukazaniem mesta nakhozhdeniia i goda postroiki”. Description of the Moscow monasteries, cathedrals and churches as well as prayer houses and chapels indicating their addresses and years of construction.

“Sostavleno sotrudnikom komissii po okhrane pamiatnikov iskusstva i stariny Bakhimom v 1917 godu i popolnennoie v dal’neishem”. Description collated in 1917 by Bakhim, collaborator of the Commission for Protection of artistic monuments and antiquities, and completed later.

Original typescript, 2nd copy. 130 pages on onionskin paper. 29,5cm x 20,3cm. Hardbound.

The Commission was created following a flood of pillaging during and after the Revolution and above all the great departure of national riches to foreign countries for commercial purposes. All this documents were destroyed during the years 1935-37 as they were proof of the valuables and their addresses. For the Stalinist order it was necessary to cut off the Russian people from their religious Orthodox origins. Without historical documentation or artifactual proof any ties to the past could be easier severed, one needs only to remember Maïakovskii’s samz destructive call a few years earlier, “Rembrandt ought to be shot!”. The possession of such a samizdat during the Soviet era was incredibly dangerous and was considered as being a treasonous crime against the State.

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