The exhibition presents more than 170 different objects made of beads or decorated with them, as well as paintings.
For centuries, plants have been one of the most popular motifs in art. Masters in them are attracted by the beauty, richness of shapes and shades. However, in addition to the visual component, flowers are able to convey messages of exceptional delicacy and ambiguity. They can “talk” about love, memory, vanity, politics.
Such a metaphorical perception of colors was in the first third of the XIX century. The ability to understand and speak the “language of flowers” was part of education, an obligatory element of private and public life. Flowers were used to explain feelings that could not otherwise be uttered, with their help political and philosophical views were demonstrated. Floral codes had become a part of everyday life.
The “language of flowers” was also reflected in needlework — including beads, the passion for which was truly comprehensive at that time. Using beads, they embroidered, knitted, wove reticules, purses, belts, shoes, wallets, pipes, tobacco holders, cup holders, blotters, inkwells, caskets, tablecloths and even upholstery for furniture and candelabra.
The exhibition is held with the participation of the Tula Museum Association providing paintings from the funds of the Museum of Fine Arts of the first half of the XIX century, received from Tula noble estates.
An extensive scientific and educational program has been prepared for the exhibition.