“Memories of Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra” photo project

Dear friends!

We bring to your attention our next release of “Memories of Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra” photo project and start the series of publications devoted to the restoration of the tombstone of Prince Сostiantyn Oleksandrovych Ypsilantis (1760-1816).

As known, C. Ypsilantis was an active participant of the national liberation movement of the Greek people against the Ottoman Empire. He held high government positions, including the Grand Dragoman of the Porte (1796–1799), the Hospodar (Prince) of Moldova (1799–1801) and Wallachia (1802–1806). However, due to the support of the insurgent Serbs and communication with the Russian Empire he was accused of treason, deprived of the throne and forced to flee abroad. Prince Ypsilantis settled in Kyiv in August, 1807. He bought the house of Philip Lavrentiyovych Vigel, the commandant of Pechersk Fortress (current address: 6 Ivana Mazepy Street), and lived there with the family until his death. In 1818, a tombstone was erected over his burial in St. George’s Church (near St. Sophia of Kyiv). It was designed by sculptor Stepan Pimenov Snr. After the destruction of the Church of St. George, the tombstone to Costiantyn Ypsilantis was created and installed in the Dormition Cathedral of Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra. It happened in 1935 but in November 1941 the tombstone was ruined due to the blast of the Cathedral. The remains of the monument were found and taken away only in July 1954. The fragments of the monument that survived were transferred to the Fund collection of Kyiv-Pechersk Preserve. In 1960s, the bas-relief of Costiantyn Ypsilantis was restored, and in 1995, the issue of renewing the entire tombstone was brought up by the participants of Ukraine-Greece conference held in Kyiv. All-Greek Union of Pontic Officers, named after Oleksandr Ypsilantis, raised funds necessary to start the restoration of the monument. The works started in 1996 under the supervision of the Center for Restoration and Expertise affiliated with Kyiv-Pechersk Preserve.

Next week we are going to continue talking about the restoration of Prince Costiantyn Ypsilantis tombstone and publishing photos dedicated to this topic.

Captions to the illustrations:
1. Tombstone of Prince Costiantyn Ypsilantis, created in 1818 by sculptor Stepan Pimenov Snr. Photographic image of the first 3rd of the 20th century. (inv. № KPL-N-1794)
2. Fragments of the bas-relief of Costiantyn Ypsilantis before restoration (1960s)
3. O. Sheptykov, restorer of the Preserve, working on the bas-relief of Costiantyn Ypsilantis. Photo by V. Berezovsky, 1965
4. Bas-relief of Costianyne Ypsilantis after restoration, 1960s
5. The sculpture of “Faith”, part of the monument to Prince Costiantyn Ypsilantis, before restoration, 1996 (inv. № KPL-N-8120)
6. Fragment of the lower part of the “Faith” sculpture of the monument to Prince Costiantyn Ypsilantis before restoration, 1996 (inv. № KPL-N-8121)
7. Fragment of the upper part of the “Faith” sculpture of the monument to Prince Costiantyn Ypsilantis before restoration, 1996 (inv. № KPL-N-8122)
8. Fragment of the middle part of the “Faith” sculpture of the monument to Prince Costiantyn Ypsilantis before restoration, 1996 (inv. № KPL-N-8123)
9. Restoration of the “Faith” sculpture  of the monument to Prince Costiantyn Ypsilantis. Sculptor Vasyl Mikropulo models the configuration of the sculpture's hand and Cross, 1996 (inv. № KPL-N-8114)
10. Oleksandr Zagrebelny and Vasyl Mikropulo during the restoration of the “Faith” sculpture of the monument to Prince Constantine Ypsilanti. 1996 (inv. № KPL-N-8115)
11. Acroterion in the form of a mask from the sarcophagus of the monument to Prince Costiantyn Ypsilantis, 1996 (inv. № KPL-N-8106)
12. Chalice bowl, part of the “Faith” sculpture of the monument to Prince Costiantyn Ypsilantis, 1996 (inv. № KPL-N-8107)
13. The lower part of the chalice from the “Faith” sculpture of the monument to Prince Cositantyn Ypsilantis, 1996 (inv. № KPL-N-8108)
14. Two bas-reliefs in the form of urns from the pedestal of the monument to Prince Costiantyn Ypsilantis, 1996 (inv. № KPL-N-8109)
15. Medallion-bas-relief with the portrait of Costiantyn Ypsilantis, 1996 (inv. № KPL-N-8110)
16. The process of restoration of the memorial plaque from the pedestal of the monument to Prince Costiantyn Ypsilantis. Artist-restorer Viktor Bagley is in the restoration work-room  cleaning the surface of the memorial plaque. On the table in front of him there are tools. A bowl from the “Faith” sculpture and bronze lion paws from the monument’s sarcophagus are among them, 1996 (inv. № KPL-N-8111)
17. Artist-restorer Viktor Bagley restores bronze lion paws from the sarcophagus of the monument to Prince Costiantyn Ypsilantis (inv. № KPL-N-8112)
18. Sculptor S. Shvets models the acroterion-mask from the sarcophagus of the monument to Prince Costiantyn Ypsilantis, 1996 (inv. № KPL-N-8113)

 

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