Russian Lacquer Boxes: From Craft to Fine Art

One of the great artistic achievements of Russian culture is the development of exquisite miniature painting styles on lacquer boxes, an expressive medium deeply rooted in the icon painting traditions of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. This illustrated and interactive presentation is the result of years of research by Marina Forbes in her native Russia. Forbes has personally visited the four towns where the great tradition of Russian lacquer box making has flourished for almost 300 years. The presentation focuses on the construction of the lacquer boxes out of papier-maché as well as the process of miniature painting.