Celebrated Icon Restored in Lviv
To mark this year’s International Museum Day celebrations Lviv’s National Andriy Sheptytsky museum unveiled a rare and priceless icon which has been fully restored to its former glory and now offers a window into the very soul of Middle Ages Slavic spirituality.
The “Christos Pantokrator” (Christ the Almighty) icon is thought to date from the end of the 14th century and is among the masterpieces of Ukrainian art. This restoration work was completed by talented arts expert Olga Gorda-Tsybko, who explained to guests present at the unveiling of the complicated processes involved in restoring a work of art from this period. Much of Ukraine’s extensive artistic inheritance was destroyed by the invading Soviet forces in the early 20th century, with priceless icons often used for target practice or employed as makeshift floor coverings by the atheist regime, but since independence in 1991 much effort has been made to restore those works which managed to escape the clutches of the Bolsheviks