Rostov-Suzdal School

Rostov-Suzdal School

The Rostov-Suzdal School of icon making, which is distinguished by its gentle palette and expressive use of graphic line, developed at the start of the 15th century in the ancient towns of Rostov and Suzdal, north-east of Moscow. Rostov icons are marked by their soft, unsaturated colours, which are applied in very fine layers. Unlike the icons produced the Novgorod school, which are marked by bold use of colour, Rostov iconography palette is composed predominantly of the shades of ochre, brown and pink tints, alongside soft blues and greens.

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