Easter Art Painting and decorating Easter eggs Decorating eggs for Easter We all love our chocolate Easter eggs, but did you know that there is a great tradition of painting, dyeing and decorating hen, duck and goose eggs at Easter time?
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Painting and decorating Easter eggs
Psanky are decorated Easter eggs from the Ukraine in Eastern Europe.
Traditional psanky carry mythical and Christian symbols
The egg itself symbolizes Christ and his Resurrection, and the rebirth of new life in spring.
Wavy lines indicate the waters of forgiveness.
Circles can mean the sun or moon. Those that circle the egg remind us of eternal life.
Triangles represent the Trinity
Faberge eggs are the most famous jewelled eggs made by Peter Carl Faberge and his assistants between 1885 and 1917.
In 1883 the Russian Czar, Alexander, commissioned Faberge to make a special Easter gift for his wife, the Empress Marie.
The first Faberge egg was an egg within an egg. It had an outside shell of platinum and enameled white which opened to reveal a smaller gold egg. The smaller egg, in turn, opened to display a golden chicken and a jeweled replica of the Imperial crown.
The first Faberge egg, 1885.The history of Faberge eggs
The Rose Trellis Faberge egg,1907.Faberge eggs
a Faberge Imperial Easter Egg
presented by Tsar Nicholas II to his
wife the Empress Alexandra
Feodorovna as a gift for Easter in
1911.More Faberge eggs
When opened, the Egg reveals a miniature replica of the Gatchina Palace, the Empress's principle residence outside St. Petersburg
Faberge's workmaster, Mikhail Perkhin, was so detailed in creating this egg that you can see the palace, discern cannons, a flag, a statue of Paul I (1754-1801), and elements of the landscape, including the trees.The Gatchina Palace Egg, 1901
Winter Egg Gatchina Palace, the Empress's principle residence outside St. Petersburg1913
Gift from Nicholas II
to Maria Fyodorovna
Height: 10.2 cm
Cost when bought in 1913: 24,600 rubles.
Price when last sold at auction in 1994: $9.58 million!
Composition of the egg: the body is set with 1,300 rose-diamonds, the borders with 360 brilliants, and the small basket with 1,378 rose-diamonds.The most expensive Easter egg ever!!!