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.

  • The Cap of Monomach

    Golden Horde (?), 1st half of 14th century (?); cross and casts of gemstones on the Cap – Moscow, 17th century (?).
    Gold, silver, precious stones, pearls, velvet, satin, fur; casting, forging, embossing, cutting, granulation, metalwork, filigree, enameling.

  • Orb

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

  • Chain

    Moscow, Kremlin workshops, 2nd half of 16th century.
    Gold; embossing, riveting, filigree, enameling, metalwork.

  • Throne

    Itan, 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.

  • The Godunov Psalter

    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 Sophronius.

  • Covered icon “The Mother of God Hodegetria”, with case

    Moscow, late 16th century; cover – 16th – 17th century; panels – 2nd half of 16th century.
    Wood, gesso, clothб 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, Vassiliy Malosolets, under the guidance of Gavrila Ovdokimov.
    Gold, silver, precious, stones, pearls, glass, wood, cloth; embossing, casting, metalwork, enameling, chasing gilding.

  • Covered Icon “St Paphnutius of Borovsk”

    Moscow, Kremlin workshops, 2nd half of 16th century.
    Wood, gesso, cloth, silver, precious stones; tempera, embossing, metalwork, niello, gilding, chasing.

  • Aer (vozdukh) “Christ of Pity”

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

  • Aer (vozdukh) “St Trinity, with Acts”

    Moscow, workshop of Stephanida Godunova, 1592; damask – Italy, 2nd half of 16th century.
    Damask, taffeta, silk and gold thread, 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, 2nd half of 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 — East, 16th century.
    Cloth, taffeta, gold, precious stones, pearls; embroidery, casting, embossing, enameling.

  • Cup (scoop)

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

  • Ring

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

  • Cup

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

  • Drawing “Carriage (view from two sides)”

    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

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

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

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

The display includes masterpieces of icon painting, book miniature, pictorial and decorative embroidery, jewelry and arms from the golden fund of the Russian art. Many of these remarkable exhibits, distinguished by the skillful execution and splendor of décor, are made by the order of Boris Godunov and his relatives. This certainly attests to fastidious taste in art of the representatives of this family, which added its own page to the history of the Medieval Russian culture. The exhibition also presents items of significant importance, such as written manuscripts, rare books and memoirs of witnesses of the events of that time. The core of the exhibition is formed by artifacts from the collection of the Moscow Kremlin Museums. They are key objects from the permanent display, such as the Monomakh’s Cap and the throne of Boris Godunov, as well as items from the storage, such as the Godunov's Book of Psalms with unique miniatures.

Extant monuments of the Godunov’s epoch form the single layer of the artistic heritage of the Muscovy, and characterize this historical period as the time of the flowering of the traditional artistic tendencies, brought to perfection by a vertuoso performance.


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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Ticket price

  • 500

    Visiting the exhibition with the ticket to the architectural ensemble of the Cathedral square



Boris Godunov. Chosen to rule