Some Articles from the Staritsa Monastery Sacristy: Saint Dionysius' Mitre, Saint Dionysius' Censer and Cross. Patriarch Iov's Cross


In the summer of 1910, Russian photographer Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii (1863–1944) traveled and photographed extensively in Tver’ Province northwest of Moscow including in the town of Staritsa, located near the confluence of the Staritsa River with the Volga. Its major religious institution was the Dormition Monastery, revived in the early 16th century by Prince Andrei Ioannovich of Staritsa. This photograph shows sacred relics from the monastery treasury, including the mitre of Saint Dionisii of Radonezh (circa 1570–1633), who became a priest in the Staritsa area at the end of the 16th century. Following the death of this wife in 1601, Dionisii entered the Dormition Monastery and served as archimandrite in 1605–10. In February 1610, he was appointed archimandrite of the renowned Trinity-Saint Sergius Monastery, where he played an important role in the Russian revival during the Time of Troubles. Also displayed are his censer and cross as well as the cross of Patriarch Job, who died at the monastery in 1607. Prokudin-Gorskii used a special color photography process to create a visual record of the Russian Empire in the early 20th century. Some of his photographs date from about 1905, but the bulk of his work is from between 1909 and 1915, when, with the support of Tsar Nicholas II and the Ministry of Transportation, he undertook extended trips through many different parts of the empire.

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Некоторые предметы из ризницы Старицкаго монастыря: Митра Св. Дионисия, кадило и крест Св. Дионисия. Крест патрирха Иова

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Glass negative (presented as a digital color composite)


  • Prokudin-Gorskii’s photographic work survives primarily in two forms: 1,901 black-and-white triple-frame glass plate negatives, made with color separation filters, which Prokudin-Gorskii used to make color prints and lantern slides; and 12 albums of sepia-tone prints, made from the glass negatives, which Prokudin-Gorskii compiled as a record of his travels and studies. The Library of Congress purchased the glass plate negatives and the albums from the Prokudin-Gorskii family in 1948. In 2004, the Library of Congress had digital color composites made from all the surviving glass negatives using a software algorithm to automatically align the color components. As with most historical photographs, title and subject identifications are corrected and enhanced through new research. Current information on the collection is at

Last updated: January 13, 2017