Project “Three Generations of Faithfulness”

Project “Three Generations of Faithfulness”

November 18, 2021 at 17.00 in St. Sophia Cathedral of the National Conservation Area “St. Sophia of Kyiv” (Volodymyrska St., 24) within the Presentation of the patronage project “Three Generations of Faithfulness” celebrations will be held on the occasion of donation to the museum of mosaic portraits and carved Kiot.

The project was created by philanthropists of the National Conservation Area “St. Sophia of Kyiv” – the OLOS Group of Companies and their students. Three mosaics, framed by a masterfully carved kiot that are made according to authentic 19th century patterns, are dedicated to female images of the dynastic history of Rus-Ukraine: Anna Yaroslavna and her husband, King Henry I of France.

The idea of ​​the project is connected with the research of the same name “Three Generations of Faithfulness: Ingigerda of Sweden, Anna of Kyiv and Edigna of Bavaria, which belongs to one of the scientists of the Conservation Area (Candidate of Historical Sciences Olena Yasynetska).

The connection of these figures of Ukrainian-European dynastic history with the Church of St. Sophia of Kyiv is direct: Princess Ingigerda together with Yaroslav the Wise completed the construction of the cathedral, its decoration and consecration, she was later buried and now rests in the marble sarcophagus of the cathedral; Princess Anne – the future queen of France, grew up under the vault of St. Sophia, and, going to distant France, left an autograph-graffiti on its walls. The name of the heavenly patroness of Bavaria, Blessed Edigna, daughter of Anna Yaroslavna and granddaughter of Ingigerda and Yaroslav the Wise, is undeservedly unknown in the homeland of her ancestors, should be brought back from oblivion and duly honored in Ukraine.

Masters of mosaics were Olexii Loboda and Zakhar Lukash from the Pyvovarov Stained Glass Studio. Kiot is made by the famous Ukrainian master Oleksandr Zakusylo. The mosaic portrait of Anna Yaroslavna was created based on the lithograph of a French master of the 19th century S.-F. Delpesh, and mosaic portraits of Ingigerd and Edigna – based on paintings by contemporary Ukrainian artist Artur Orlionov.

The OLOS Group of Companies together with their students created three mosaics and kiots on their own initiative and at their own expense and will solemnly present them to the National Conservation Area “St. Sophia of Kyiv”.

The event will be attended by representatives of the embassies of Sweden, France, Germany in Ukraine, patrons of the National Conservation Area, the cultural community, the media.