A library in Russia recently hired a cat as an “assistant librarian.” He is paid in food and wears a bow tie to work. Everything about this is wonderful.
It really is.
Monument to the Children of Nicholas II Near Ekaterinburg
A mounment to the children of Tsar Nicholas II was unveiled in 2011 on the grounds of the Ganina Yama monastery complex, where the remains of the last Russian Imperial family were found murdered by the Bolsheviks in 1918. The consecration of the monument falls on the birthday of the Grand Duchess Olga Nicholayevna, who was born in 1895 [3 November Old Style).
The monument was consecrated by the Metropolitan Vincent of Tashkent and the Uzbek, who previously served as the Metropolitan of Ekaterinburg. He noted that the idea of creating a memorial to the children of Nicholas II came to him just weeks before he was transferred to a new place of ministry. The statue created by sculptor, Igor Akimov, said that his work was created based on photographs and portraits of the Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia, and the Tsarevich Alexei.
The height of the monument, “Royal Children” - stands nearly 3 meters, its weight - 2 tons. According to the sculptor of the monument, the children of Nicholas II descend from heaven on the inclined stone plinth, with crosses in their hands. They are huddled together and looking cautiously around. The expression on their innocent faces relates the fear they must have endured at the hands of their murderers.
Oh man, this is stunning. Wonderful, wonderful work!
Coloured black and white photo of the Russian royal family on their yacht, the Polar Star. From left, clockwise, we have: Olga, Tsar Nicolas II, Anastasia, Tsarina Alexandra, Tatiana, Maria, and Alexei.
I HAVE NEVER SEEN THIS BEFORE. I LOVE IT.
Clockwise: Tatiana, Olga, Maria, 1899.
Aliya Mustafina congratulates/consoles Viktoria Komova and then looks at the scores for her after a great floor routine by Komova in the all around finals that they both know will most likely not be enough to catch up to the front-runner and eventual champion Gabby Douglas.
Russia’s Aliya Mustafina and Viktoria Komova wait for the final scores - All Around Final
I have to say, these girls are lovely. I was unspoiled for the gymnastics all-around and after Viktoria’s floor exercise, I honestly thought she had gold. I’m so happy for Gabby Douglas, but I completely understood Viktoria’s disappointment.
The Mosaic Egg
The Royal Colletion
“Technically one of the most sophisticated and extraordinary of Fabergé’s Imperial Easter Eggs, the Mosaic Egg retains its ‘surprise’. It takes the form of a medallion painted on ivory with the portraits of the five children of Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra on one side and a basket of flowers and their names on the other, on a stand surmounted by the Russian imperial crown, held within the egg by gold clips. The egg was the Tsar’s Easter gift to his wife in 1914, but the original invoice was destroyed and the cost is therefore unknown. The Tsarina’s monogram and the date 1914 are set beneath a moonstone at the apex of the egg. It comprises a platinum mesh into which tiny diamonds, rubies, topaz, sapphires, demantoid garnets, pearls and emeralds are fitted – perfectly cut, polished and calibrated to fill the spaces.This extraordinary technical feat is all the more impressive because the platinum is not welded but cut.The five oval panels around the centre of the egg feature a stylised floral motif, replicating the technique of petit-point. In the list of confiscated treasures transferred from the Anichkov Palace to the Sovnarkom in 1922, the egg is described thus: ‘1 gold egg as though embroidered on canvas’. The designer, Alma Theresia Pihl, was inspired to produce the needlework motif when watching her mother-in-law working at her embroidery by the fire. Alma Pihl came from a distinguished family of Finnish jewellers employed by Fabergé. Her uncle, Albert Holmström, took over his father August’s workshop and was the workmaster responsible for the production of this bejewelled egg. The egg was confiscated in 1917 and sold by the Antikvariat in 1933 for 5,000 roubles. It was purchased by King George V from Cameo Corner, London, on 22 May 1933 for £250 ‘half-cost’, probably for Queen Mary’s birthday on 26 May.”
Happy Easter, if you’re into that sort of thing! :)