Previous Next / The Enchanted Gem Carvings of Vasily Konovalenko The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is home to the largest and best publicly available collection of gem-carving sculptures by Russian artist Vasily Konovalenko. Steven Nash, PhD and Photographer Rick Wicker began researching these enigmatic and fascinating sculptures in 2009 in an effort to publicize the Museum’s unique collection. They quickly realized that they should publish a comprehensive book on the artist and his work, so they traveled the world looking for examples of his work. After visiting numerous institutions and homes in Russia and Europe, they published Stories in Stone: The Enchanted Gem Carvings of Vasily Konovalenko (University Press of Colorado) in 2016. Also that year, the Museum loaned three sculptures to the Moscow Kremlin Museum for the first comprehensive exhibition on the artist and his work in Russia in nearly 50 years.