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Articles tagged Konovalenko: 15

  • The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is pleased to announce the display of Gypsies, Vasily Konovalenko’s gem-carving masterpiece. In it, a man and a woman quarrel in a complicated scene that is fantastic in detail. It is on loan from a private collection and will be on display through mid-2016.…
  • The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is pleased to announce the display of Hunter on the Mark, a gem-carving sculpture on loan from a private collection until mid-2016.Hunter on the Mark is characterized by a dull color palette, reflecting the brutal conditions of a Russian winter, though there…
  • A Stone Lives On

    Posted 11/19/2014 by Frank Krell | Comments
    The Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS) has on display 20 wonderful, whimsical gem-carving sculptures by Russian master artist Vasily Konovalenko. To date, very little has been published on the artist or his work, particularly in English. Since 2009, DMNS curator of archaeology Steve Nash a…
  • Steve Nash, Curator of Archaeology, and Rick Wicker, Photographer Today, we had the remarkable experience of actually going into the Gokhran, roughly translated as "Reserves of the Diamond Fund". This Russian institution has held the most valuable national treasures since 1920. The Gokhran supplies …
  • Stephen E. Nash, Curator of Archaeology and Rick Wicker, Museum Photographer Today, we finished our work at the Samotsvety. In total, we have high quality images of 24 sculptures (20 originals and 4 duplicates/variants) and 2 stone butterflies. In order to finish the work on Thursday, Rick put in a …
  • Steve Nash and Rick Wicker Today we had a special treat, spending much of the day with Corey Flintoff of National Public Radio, who is stationed here in Moscow. He absolutely loved the Konovalenko history, project, and sculptures, so hopefully we'll hear his account on NPR in the coming weeks. Rick'…
  • Steve Nash, Curator of Archaeology, and Rick Wicker, Museum Photographer The first sculpture we wanted to shoot today was Tsar’s Henchman (1970) on which we tried a new background color. Unfortunately, given a weird combination of lighting, background color, and the mineral colors in the piece, Ric…
  • Steve Nash, Curator of Archaeology and Rick Wicker, Museum Photographer Monday, March 25th was our first full day of work, and what a day it was! We met our guide and translator, Irina, at 9:00 a.m. She helped us negotiate the complex metro system and find the State Gems Museum, or Samotsvety (http…
  • Steve Nash, Curator of Archaeology and Rick Wicker, Museum photographer We arrived in Moscow on Saturday, March 23rd, and spent Sunday getting oriented to the beautiful city that will be our home for the next tend days. It was a typical winter day in Moscow-- really cold, snowy, and windy, but after…
  • As Rick continues to process his photographs (they'll need more work back in Denver), we thought we would share some more with you so that you can again see the results of his many talents. Today, we send along five photographs: a close-up of the face of the old man in Balilaika…
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