The Moscow Kremlin museums has launched a new online lectures on epidemics

If anyone recently enjoyed “the Decameron”, remember that the heroes of Boccaccio tell each other their stories, fled from the city, where the plague is rampant. Much more unexpected, even long-billed masks of the Venetian carnival, it turns out, also hails from times of pandemics. They remind me of “the plague” the doctor who wore a special suit, wore sunglasses and a mask with a huge beak, as of a respirator. Inside the “beak” put herbs that not only filtered air but had to save the doctor from being infected.

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all this and more can be found from the first lecture of the historian Sergei Zakharov, prepared in the framework of the project of the Moscow Kremlin Museums “Dangerous times. As Russia and Europe fought the disease.” Within one month, from 25 March to 25 April, twice a week historians and art critics of the Moscow Kremlin Museums, will tell you how people throughout the ages have coped with the challenge that they threw to the disease. For some of them, then not only names did not exist, but even their symptoms were not familiar to Europeans. Other than Justiniana the plague, raged for two centuries, covering after the Byzantine Empire of Europe.

the First lecture, telling about the disaster, the beginning of which dates from 535 to 536 years, already in the public domain.

And in these lectures it will be possible to see how gradually mankind has found ways to cope with these evils, as invented quarantine, how to treat doctors who risked their lives. And as discovered that cleanliness – the guarantee of health, and exercise is necessary and useful not only to the soldiers. We promise to show the treatise of Andreas Vesalius “On the structure of the human body” of the XVI century, to talk about magic naturally from the treasures of European and Russian monarchs. The cups of Rhino horn, ostrich eggs, Nautilus, which are stored in the Armory, according to the beliefs of those times, protected from the action of poisons, give health, strength, power and wisdom.

the Lectures will be available on Youtube channel and on the official pages of the Museum in social networks.