Entrance into the Winter Church of the Fedorov Mother of God. Yaroslavl


In 1911, Russian photographer Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii (1863–1944) traveled to the middle Volga region and spent time in the medieval centers of Yaroslavl and Kostroma. Shown here is the north facade of the Church of Saint Nicholas on Penye, built in 1691 to serve as a “winter church” for the parish of the Church of the Feodor Icon of the Mother of God, located just to the south. In 1890, the merchant S. A. Chernogorodov provided funds to build a chapel attached to the north facade with altars dedicated to Saint Sergius of Radonezh (lower level) and Saint Nicholas. Prominent in this view from the west is the arched elevated stairway built in a 17th-century Yaroslavl style and ascending to the Saint Nicholas chapel. The extension itself is designed in the late 19th-century Russian Revival style, and to a degree overwhelms the modestly decorated main structure of whitewashed brick. This was the only church in the central part of Yaroslavl to remain open throughout the Soviet period. 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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Вход в зимнюю церковь Федоровской Божьей Матери. Ярославль

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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 http://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/prok/.

Last updated: March 3, 2017