Daily Archives: 09.02.2017

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Forensic scientists from Tyumen and St. Petersburg carried out research in which they managed to identify the origins of the image of Jesus Christ familiar to modern man. Experts have studied self-portraits and paintings created by Italian Renaissance artists and found that it was Leonardo da Vinci who formed this commonly accepted image.

The veneration of the images made in accordance with Christian traditions served as a basis for the development of this art form and a means for religious understanding. The images were formed by the artists based on myths, legends, and their personal perception of how the historic person should look. The authority and prowess of some people allowed them to influence others and create the illusion of veracity of the depicted image. In addition, elaborate details of the appearance was a necessity in the artists’ works, that’s why it was considered accepted practice to use the appearance of people who matched the artists’ ideas as reference.

Studying the appearance of Jesus Christ familiar to modern man, forensic experts from Tyumen and St. Petersburg used modern techniques to establish and prove that this type of appearance was formed by Leonardo da Vinci. He was assisted by his apprentice – the artist Andrea Solari. This method helped to determine the appearance of Leonardo da Vinci.

In general, experts claim that the Renaissance led to a revision of iconographic principles of portraying religious subjects. Ancient Art was the foundation of the Renaissance. The development of European culture was influenced by the slogan ‘beauty will save the world’. In fact, a small number of painters and sculptors formed the modern way of life, and the principles of embellishment and exaltation became the behavioral norm in society.

Leonardo da Vinci and his pupils used his own facial features to create the image of Jesus Christ for about 10 years, taking into account age-related changes. Moreover, the differences in style and quality of the paintings created the illusion of image variety. This is how the common image of Jesus Christ was formed. Signs of Leonardo da Vinci’s appearance are present in the works of Andrea del Verrocchio, Sandro Botticelli, Andrea Solari, Francesco Melzi.

Unfortunately, not all of the paintings meet the requirements of a modern portrait evaluation. The paintings which were previously considered the works of Leonardo da Vinci were also studied. Among them, the work of Golbeyn Junior – Portrait of Charles de Saulieu. Up to the middle of the 19th century, it was widely considered that the author of this portrait was Leonardo because of the position of the left hand index finger.

Leonardo da Vinci deserves credit for setting the creation of living, truthful art as his primary goal. Therefore, correct bodily proportions and precise mathematical calculations were the basis of his works. For example, while creating a marble bust, two-tone stone was used in such a way that the effect of a halo crowning the head was achieved.

The organizer of the research, Vyacheslav Senatorov, acknowledged the existence of at least two more works created by Leonardo da Vinci. A certain logical sequence in the works of this great Italian artist was established in the course of the study.

According to Vyacheslav Senatorov, the mystery of the most famous portrait of Leonardo da Vinci, known as the Mona Lisa, was also solved. This is not a simple allegation as a certain evidence base has already been collected. However, at the last moment, the researchers have decided not to publish the results because they themselves are not ready for the resonance in society that could be caused by this information.

“Now the important thing is how society perceives the research connected with the Leonardo da Vinci’s self-portraits because the Renaissance is in fact a revolutionary form of social development, but even in the 21st century the violent Middle Ages still exist” – he said.

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The experience of a “nomadic school” in the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District will be presented at a meeting of the Arctic’s sustainable development working group in the U.S. Kotzebue (Alaska) on February 7-8, the governor’s press service said on Wednesday.

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“The event features representatives of eight countries – members of the Arctic Council and six organizations of the Arctic indigenous peoples,” the press service said. “Our representative, Alexander Yevai will present the regional project of a ‘nomadic school’ for indigenous children in the North.”

The Nomadic School project works since 2011 – it is a primary school project. Presently, 22 educational organizations are providing services in Yamal: 17 kindergartens and five schools. 32 teachers are educating more than 250 children – they follow families of reindeer herders as they wander the tundra. Besides regular subjects, children at nomadic schools study local crafts and skills of living in a chum.

The Arctic Council was instituted in 1996 in line with the Ottawa Declaration. It is a high-level intergovernmental forum facilitating cooperation in the region, particularly in the sphere of environment conservation.

Its current member-states are Canada, Denmark (including Greenland and Faroe Isles), Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and the U.S.

The U.S. accepted a two-year term of rotating presidency in the organization in 2015 and Finland is to take it over in May 2017.

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The restoration work will be completed by August 2017, told the head of the Tyumen museum complex Svetlana Sidorova to the governor of Tyumen region Vladimir Yakushev during his work trip to Tobolsk.

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The Governor’s house had once been occupied by the Romanov royal family when they were forced to stay in Tobolsk against their will by the Bolsheviks. In August 1917, Alexander Kerensky’s provisional government evacuated the Romanovs to Tobolsk, allegedly to protect them from the rising tide of revolution. There they lived in the former governor’s mansion. The house was built in the end of the XVIII century. In 1817, the house was turned into a residence of the Governor-General of Western Siberia. Many Decembrists have stayed in the house from 1833 to 1851.

The house of the Governor not only has a great historical value but also is an architectural monument of the classical architecture period.

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Founded in 1586, Tyumen was the first Russian settlement in Siberia. These days the city is the youthful, business-oriented capital of a vast, oil-rich region.

Photos by Sergey Bushev

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The capital of Yugra – Khanty-Mansiysk – is situated on seven hills, and those who live here believe that this fact brings fortune to the residents and visitors of the city.

Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug is one of the Russian Federation’s leaders in terms of industrial output, power generation, oil and gas production, and equity investment.

Photos by Slava Stepanov

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Yamalia is the northernmost region in Russia’s Urals Region and is home to Russia’s most important natural gas deposits as well as large West Siberian oilfields.

Located in the middle of Russia’s Arctic Ocean coast, Yamalia is about as remote a destination as one could possibly choose and is rarely visited by anyone except those on oil and gas business.

Photos by Steve Morgan

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In Tyumen, “Leroy Merlin” will be the second hypermarket retail chain. Recall that an agreement was reached at a meeting of investors with Governor Vladimir Yakushev in the international investment forum “Sochi-2016″.

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Retailer, is expected to begin construction work this spring. Shop products for the construction and repair will be in the region of the Cape at the Tobolsk tract. The project envisages the creation of 250 jobs, as well as 1, 5 billion. Investment.

In addition, during the implementation of the above project by the Department of Investment Policy and State Support of the meeting was organized by the Tyumen Region entrepreneurship with representatives of OOO “Leroy Merlin Vostok” on the organization of deliveries of products (goods) to retailers objects “Leroy Merlin”.

The meeting was attended by 23 companies of the Tyumen region. Questions of possible involvement in the contracting and subcontracting Tyumen companies engaged in construction and installation work on the construction of a new shopping complex in the city of Tyumen. Also at the meeting exhaustively set out the procedure for the organization of cooperation with the manufacturers with the company interested in supplying products to the stores, “Leroy Merlin”.