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The oldest Jewish home in America open to the public as a museum, offers a glimpse of the life of an early 19th century merchant family.
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With an extensive collection of more than 106,000 rare and unique volumes relating to the history of art, the Jean Outland Chrysler Library is one of the most significant art libraries in the South. More about the library

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Located on Freemason St. —
Open Saturday and Sunday

Noon to 5 p.m.

Jean Outland Chrysler Library

Barry Arts Building at 4600 Monarch Way —
Tuesday-Thursday

10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Moses Myers House

The oldest Jewish home in America open to the public as a museum offers a glimpse of the life of an early 19th century merchant family.
More about the house

About the Library

With an extensive collection of more than 106,000 rare and unique volumes relating to the history of art, the Jean Outland Chrysler Art Library is one of the most significant art libraries in the South. More about the library

Willoughby-Baylor House

Completed in 1794, this former home now presents a mix of art and artifacts. See what's on view

Located in Norfolk

One Memorial Place,
Norfolk, VA
Get Directions

While You're Here

Visit our Museum Shop
and the Wisteria Cafe.

Moses Myers House

The oldest Jewish home in America open to the public as a museum, offers a glimpse of the life of an early 19th century merchant family.
More about the house

Jean Outland Chrysler Library

With an extensive collection of more than 106,000 rare and unique volumes relating to the history of art, the Jean Outland Chrysler Library is one of the most significant art libraries in the South. More about the library

Willoughby-Baylor House

Completed in 1794, this building was the long-time home of the Norfolk History Museum. No we present a mix of art and artifacts. More about the house

Weddings & Event Rentals

The perfect place for your big day or special event. Get the details

Take a tour

We offer a number of tours on different topics. More about tours

Jean Outland Chrysler Library

Visit one of the most significant art libraries in the South. More about the library

About the Chrysler

Our story spans well over 100 years. See where we began, how we grew, and where we're going. Explore our history

News and Announcements

See what's happening at the Museum, read Chrysler Magazine, and find our Media Center. Read now

Location

745 Duke Street
Norfolk, VA 23510
757-333-6299

Always Free Parking

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Third Thursdays

Live art performances monthly.
See the archive

Studio Team

Meet the brilliant minds behind the Studio.
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Vestibule 102

Work from local artists and studio assistants.
See what's on view now

The Masterpiece Society

Learn about this innovative group of museum supporters.
Meet the Masterpiece Society

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ArtExhibitionsPast

Saints and Dragons

On View

October 2, 2015 — January 10, 2016

Located in

Past Exhibition

Icon in Multiple Registers
Icon in Multiple Registers, Pskov, Russia. Egg tempera on wood, ca. 1550. Image courtesy of the Museum of Russian Icons.

This exhibition comprises 160 extraordinary works of religious, historical, and artistic importance—rare icons and extraordinary artifacts that rarely leave the collections of The British Museum, London, and the Museum of Russian Icons, Clinton, Mass.

An icon is an image of a holy person or event, created by an iconographer who follows the strict standards of the Orthodox Church. They are typically sanctified and blessed by a priest. To the Orthodox believer, icons are more than religious art. They are holy objects.

The Miracle of Saint George and the Dragon
The Miracle of Saint George and the Dragon, also called The Black George Egg tempera on wood Novgorod, Russia, early 1400s Courtesy of the British Museum
Descent
Descent, early 1500s Moscow, Russia Egg tempera on wood Museum of Russian Icons

These icons of Orthodox Christianity have powerful stories to tell. Some are believed to have worked miracles—healing the sick or saving a city from annihilation—while others have themselves been saved by the faithful during times of political conflict. They tell stories of the past while illuminating the holy of today.

One term you’ll see numerous times in this exhibition is “Mother of God,” the name given to The Virgin Mary in the Orthodox Church. She is not a mother in the sense that she is older than God or the source of her Son’s divinity. Think of it as a logical syllogism: If Mary is the mother of Jesus, and if Jesus is God, then Mary is the Mother of God.

If the Mother of God is the most common image in the exhibition, the most popular saint would be Saint George. He was a young Roman soldier who rose quickly through ranks and used his military travels to spread Christianity. This was illegal in the early 300s AD, and generals and the governor used both bribes and torture to get him to renounce his faith. Saint George’s refusal—and subsequent execution—made him a venerated paragon of faith and strength for centuries. The legend of his slaying a dragon did not appear until centuries after his death.

Mother of God Smolenskaya
Mother of God Smolenskaya, 1500s Russian Egg tempera on wood with silver and enamel Museum of Russian Icons
Image Not Made By Hands
Image Not Made By Hands, ca. 1680 Crete Egg tempera on wood Museum of Russian Icons

Saints and Dragons: Icons from Byzantium to Russia is organized by The Museum of Russian Icons, Clinton, Mass., in cooperation with The British Museum, London. The show ran from Oct. 2, 2015, to Jan. 10, 2016.

Saint John the Forerunner Constantinople
Saint John the Forerunner Constantinople, Turkey Egg tempera on wood ca. 1300 Courtesy of the British Museum
Saint George and the Dragon
Saint George and the Dragon, ca. 1500 Russia Egg tempera on wood Museum of Russian Icons
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