Detail of a funerary ensemble of icons of princess Sophie (Photo: AP Photo, Remy de la Mauviniere)

Politicians who sometimes wonder about the deeper motivations of Russian diplomacy should pay a long visit to the most remarkable show of art from Russia ever staged anywhere.

On view at the Louvre, “Holy Russia” offers much more than a fascinating display of works of art from far-flung institutions inside and outside Russia.

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Souren Melidian
New York Times

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