Florence in Moscow

In their research project, Moscow-based artist Ashot Kirakosyan and his student Sophia Shiyan attempt to solve the mystery of the images that five centuries ago might have inspired the Florentine architect, commissioned by Vasili III, Grand Duke of Muscovy, to erect Church of the Ascension in Kolomenskoye.

First, let us enjoy the poem, written in June, 1909 by the Russian Symbolist poet, Alexander Blok, who was absolutely overwhelmed by the capital of Tuscany: Florence in Moscow