Shroud from the Sixteenth Century, Depicting the Venerable Avraam, Embroidered with Gold and Black Thread on Silk. According to Legend, Placed on Saint Avraam Rostovskii's Tomb by Tsar Ivan the Terrible upon His Return from the Kazan Campaign. Museu


At the beginning of the 20th century, the Russian photographer Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii (1863–1944) used a special color photography process to create a visual record of the Russian Empire. Some of Prokudin-Gorskii’s 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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Покров ХVI века, изображающий Препод. Авраамия, шитый золотом и черными нитками на шелков. поле. По преданию, возложен на гробницу Св. Авраамия Ростовскаго Царем Иваном Васильевичем Грозным по возвращении из Казанскаго похода. Муз. описи № 3012. В Ро

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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: September 23, 2016