The State Museum St Isaac’s Cathedral –
The Museum Complex
PJSC "Sberbank"
"St Petersburg through the eyes of the angels: a view from St Isaac's"  


On November 30, 2011 the State Museum-Monument "St Isaac's Cathedral" had opened a new international exhibition project "St Petersburg through the eyes of the angels: a view from St Isaac's", designed to present the cultural values and the spiritual heritage of St Petersburg and Russia overseas. The exhibition of panoramic photos taken from the height of St Isaac's Cathedral reflects the diversity of the city, the subtle nuances and the palette of its moods. The architecture of the Northern capital, reflected in the lens of a camera is presented to the visitor: angels against the city’s background or St Petersburg on the background of the angels. The project had generated a considerable public response, and became one of the significant cultural events of St Petersburg. The exhibition was organized by the State Museum-Monument “St Isaac's Cathedral” and the Charity Fund "Renaissance" with the financial support of PJSC “Sberbank”. In 2011, the exhibition "St Petersburg through the eyes of the angels: a view from St Isaac's", was shown in Clermont-Ferrand, France, in the home city of the architect of St Isaac's Cathedral  Auguste de Montferrand. On July 6-8, 2012 under the auspices of UNESCO the Republic of Khakassia had been hosting the II international historical-cultural forum "Historical and cultural heritage as a source of socio-cultural development". Our exhibition project was presented within its framework. The forum had acquired the status of Federal importance and became the main cultural event of the Republic.

 

In 2013, the exhibition "St Petersburg through the eyes of the angels: a view from St Isaac's" had travelled to Tallinn as part of the XIII festival "Petersburg meetings in Tallinn"; to Narva – for the II international festival of contemporary art of St Petersburg in Narva the "Friendship Bridge"; to Krakow – to be presented at a music festival Sacrum Profanum.

 

In June, 2014, the exhibition was held in the city of Riga - in the framework of "Riga — the cultural capital of Europe 2014"event. In October, 2014, "St Petersburg through the eyes of the angels: a view from St Isaac's", was shown at the Museum and Exhibition Complex of the Azerbaijan State Art Academy in Baku.

 

In 2015, the exhibition had opened in Shanghai, with the support of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Shanghai Committee, in Omsk (M.A.Vrubel Regional Museum of Fine Arts), and in the city of Vladimir ("The Center for promotion of Fine Arts").

 

 

Restoration of the sculptural group "Angels with a lantern"  


 The figures of the angels with lanterns at the roof corners of St Isaac's Cathedral – are among the symbols of St Petersburg – they harmonize the appearance of the temple, creating a transition from its main scope to the upper part. These sculptural groups were one of the last works executed for St Isaac’s Cathedral by the famous sculptor Ivan Vitali. They were made in the XIX century out of copper, wrought iron and cast iron using the galvanoplastic technique based on the first discoveries in the field of electrochemistry. Due to the years of atmosphere exposure the sculptures were showing signs of corrosion on the inside and on the outside.

 

In 2011, thanks to the support of PJSC “Sberbank” the sculptures "Angels with a lantern" and "Apostle Paul" had been restored, and remounted on the roof of St Isaac’s Cathedral.  In the basis of complex restoration works the innovative methods that ensured replenishment of even the smallest losses and patina on the surface of the sculptures were used.