2006-06-19 15:33:00

Carved icons of Christian saints as a gift of St. Petersburg craftsmen to the French blind people

St. Petersburg, June 19, Interfax - St. Petersburg craftsmen presented carved copies of the masterpieces of the Louvre, the Hermitage and the Russian museum to the blind people. That happened at the international exhibition that took place in France in June.

The chief of the Heritage workshop Alexander Sofinsky told Interfax that the presents included carved icons of St. John the Baptist, St. Andrew the-First-Called, St. George the Victorious, the evangelist Luke who is considered a patron saint of the artists, the Blessed Xenia of Petersburg, and also carved copies of Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci, Portrait of Infanta Isabella’s maid by Peter Paul Rubens, and other works.

All twenty relief copies of the masterpieces were presented to the French association named after Valentin Hauy that sets up schools for blind children throughout the world.

A non-profit Heritage organization is a fellowship of scientists, engineers and artists. It helps the Centre for the blind and parcel blind children in St.Petersburg and children’s’ institutions in Saratov and Sergiyev Posad thus realizing the Icons for Blind Children programme.