Boris Godunov. From a Courtier to the Sovereign of All Russia

  • Portrait (parsuna) of Tsar Feodor Ioannovich

    Moscow, 19th century (from the 17th century original).
    Wood, gesso; tempera.

  • Cap of Monomach

    Golden Horde (?), first half of 14th century (?); top with the cross and gems setting – Moscow, 17th century (?).
    Gold, silver, precious stones, pearls, velvet, satin, fur; casting, chasing, filigree, granulation, engraving, enamel

  • Orb

    Western Europe, late 16th – early 17th century.
    Gold, silver, precious stones, pearls; casting, embossing, metalwork, enameling, chasing.

  • Chain

    Moscow, Kremlin workshops, second half of 16th century.
    Gold; embossing, riveting, filigree, enameling, metalwork.

  • Throne

    Iran, late 16th – early 17th century; cloth – Iran, 16th century, France, 18th century.
    Gold, precious stones, pearls, wood, velvet embroidered with gold; foil stamping, filigree, chasing, hand weaving.

  • Godunov's Book of Psalms

    Moscow, 1591. Binding – Russia, early 19th century; corner plates – Moscow (?), late 16th century(?).
    Paper, taffeta, wood, leather, silver; tempera, gold pigment, embossing, gilding, filigree.
    Scribe by Sophronios. First time publishing.

  • Icon of the Mother of God Hodegetria in cover and case

    Moscow, late 16th century; cover – 16th – 17th century; panels – second half of 16th century.
    Wood, gesso, cloth, gold, silver, precious stones, pearls; tempera, embossing, engraving, chasing, gilding.

  • Cover of the Shrine of Tsarevich Dimitry

    Moscow, Kremlin workshops, 1628 – 1630.
    Masters Pavel Vlasiev, Dmitry Alexeev, Vassily Korovnikov, Timofey Ivanov, Vasily Malosolets, under the guidance of Gavrila Ovdokimov.
    Gold, silver, precious stones, pearls, glass, wood, cloth; embossing, casting, metalwork, enameling, chasing gilding.

  • Icon of St Paphnutius of Borovsk, in cover

    Moscow, Kremlin workshops, second half of the 16th century.
    Wood, gesso, cloth, silver, precious stones; tempera, embossing, metalwork, niello, gilding, chasing.

  • Aer (vozdukh) Christ in the Sepulchre

    Moscow, workshop of Tsarina Irina Feodorovna, 1593; damask — Italy, 16th century.
    Damask, gold and silk thread, pearls, emeralds, gold, glass; weaving, embroidery.

  • Aer of the Holy Trinity, with Acts

    Moscow, workshop of Stephanida Godunova, 1592; damask – Italy, second half of 16th century.
    Damask, taffeta, silk and gold threads, pearls, weaving, embroidery.

  • Saddle

    Moscow, Kremlin workshops, late 16th century.
    Silver, wood, velvet, leather, iron, birch bark; embossing, metalwork, gilding, weaving.

  • Sakkos

    Moscow, Kremlin workshops, late 16th century; brocade — Italy, second half of the 16th century.
    Brocade, velvet, silver, pearls, lace; weaving, embossing, embroidery.

  • Chalice

    Moscow, Kremlin workshops, 1598.
    Gold, precious stones; embossing, metalwork, niello.

  • Goblet

    Nuremberg, c. 1500.
    Silver; embossing, casting, engraving, gilding.

  • Hat

    Russia, late 16th century; broadcloth — England (?), 16th century; taffeta — the Orient, 16th century.
    Cloth, taffeta, gold, precious stones, pearls; embroidery, casting, embossing, enameling.

  • Drinking Ladle

    Moscow, Kremlin workshops, 1598-1605.
    Gold; forging embossing, metalwork, niello.

  • Ring

    Western Europe, late 16th century.
    Gold, sapphire; casting.

  • Wine Cup

    Moscow, Kremlin workshops, 1577-1584.
    Silver; embossing, metalwork.

  • Carriage (view from two sides)

    F.G. Solntsev, 1830s.
    Paper, watercolour, ink, white lead, distemper.


October 16, 2015 – January 31, 2016

Exhibition hall of the Assumption Belfry, the One-Pillar Chamber of the Patriarch’s Palace

Organised by:
The Moscow Kremlin Museums

06# Godunov's Book of PsalmsFor the first time, the exhibition held in the Assumption Belfry and the One-Pillar Chamber of the Patriarch’s Palace of the Moscow Kremlin is dedicated to one of the greatest figures in Russian history – Boris Godunov. He was a man of marked individuality, whose amazing and tragic life has been attracting historians and litterateurs for a long time. The sovereign’s image is depicted in various works of art, music and drama.

Around 150 items dating back to the turn of the 17th century are provided by Russian leading museums – the State Tretyakov Gallery, Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, State Hermitage Museum, State Historical Museum etc, as well as by the largest libraries and the Russian State Archive of Ancient Documents.

The exhibition highlights the milestones in Boris Godunov’s life, stages of his state activity and the most important aspects of his foreign policy, as well as familiarizes visitors with rich cultural heritage of the Godunov epoch.

The display includes masterpieces of icon painting, book miniature, pictorial and decorative embroidery, jeweller’s art and and art of gunsmithing, which form the golden fund of Russian art. Many of these remarkable exhibits were made by the order of Boris Godunov and his relatives. Distinguished by the skillful execution and splendour of décor, they verify a particular artistic taste in art of the representatives of the family, which added its own page to the history of the Medieval Russian culture. The exhibition also presents items of significant importance, such as manuscripts, rare books and memoirs of witnesses of the events of that time. The core of the exhibition is formed from the collection of the Moscow Kremlin Museums – the Monomach’s Cap and the throne of Boris Godunov.

Extant monuments of the Godunov epoch form a complete layer of an artistic heritage of the Muscovy and characterize that historical period as the flourishing time of traditional fine arts tendencies, brought to perfection by a virtuoso performance.

The Moscow Kremlin Museums have launched a theme-based satellite site about the exhibition “Boris Godunov. From a Courtier to the Sovereign of All Russia”


Выставочный зал Успенской звонницы, Одностолпная палата Патриаршего дворца Московского Кремля

Opening hours: from 1000 to 1700 daily except Thursday.

Purchase tickets: 
- online at the museums' website (only full price tickets);
- in the ticket offices in Aleksandrovsky Sad (Alexander Garden) from 930 to 1630 except Thursday.

Exhibition hall of the Assumption Belfry the One-Pillar Chamber of the Patriarch’s Palace

General partner:

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