So rich in all the arts, Russia produced a treasure of great painting, mostly in the 2nd half of the 19th century, but also, significantly, since the end of Communism. On Sunday mornings we are pleased to bring you the excellent Great Russian Christian Art series from Russian Faith, a site about the extraordinary Christian renaissance in Russia, manifested through the rebirth of the Russian Orthodox Church.
Russian Faith has selected works with Christian themes, but all of these artists created magnificent secular works too, and they are popular and well-known to the Russian public. These paintings give great insight into Russian history, culture, religion and psychology and are huge fun to view. Enjoy.
From Russian Faith:
As we work our way through an enormous cache of fascinating Russian Christian paintings, we can't help but fall in love with some of them.
As we learned about Russia's traditional faith, Russian Orthodox Christianity, we discovered an enormous, mostly forgotten treasure of striking Christian paintings, mostly unknown in the West, starting from approximately the early 1800s, and continuing to this day.
So far we have cataloged over 150 images, and are discovering more all the time. We will gradually be getting them all online.
The painting 'The Tsar's Cavalry' was completed in 2004. The picture 'The Tsar's Cavalry' is a part of the triptych "Royal Golgotha"'. The size of the picture - 70" x 110"
Link to high resolution image.
Triptych 'Royal Golgotha'.
Can a person who has killed his father in blinding with anger be happy in peace and prosperity? All our people, to which I also rank myself, are still in a great mass involved in the sin of patricide. But not only the father of the people was killed - the king, his innocent children and the empress wife were killed. Now, when the truth about the origins of our current misfortune — regicide — is open and accessible, one cannot get rid of ignorance.
We suffer, but why not go to repentance, do not ask for forgiveness? After all, forgiveness is followed by the correction of our lives.
Also suffered and the Apostle Peter, who betrayed Christ. Already forgiven by him, he did not forgive himself, and when the rooster crowed in the morning, he wept inconsolably over himself.
This sin of ours is like a sickness driven into the depths, it cannot be forgotten, but we must honestly admit and try to redeem with Christ’s help.
Paul Ryzhenko (1970-2014) was a peculiar artist, especially for our times. He was staunchly realist—he believed that realism was the only ‘real’ art and scoffed at modernism as the result of a morally deteriorating world—yet he was also an unabashed Christian and a deep idealist.
More about the Great Russian Christian Art series:
Russia has a wonderfully rich heritage of Christian and Bible-themed painting which reached its zenith in the second half of the 19th century, as part of the realist school. Many of the canvases are enormous, filling an entire wall of a large public hall. Some of them took decades to complete. They are a striking and beautiful testimony to how deeply ingrained Christianity is in Russian history, culture, philosophy, thought, indeed, in her very soul. They are a delight to behold.
As Russia emerges as a leader in the return to traditionalism, this style of painting is again in vogue, and there are also several contemporary Christian painters creating extraordinary canvases. Indeed, Moscow has an excellent art academy dedicated to this style, a topic we covered in the profile of Ilya Glazunov, a leading, recently deceased painter in this genre. See: A Conservative Russian Lion With Real Mass Influence – The Painter Ilya Glazunov
Many of these paintings and artists are hardly known in the West, dismissed by the secular, atheist, globalist modern 'art' vogue. We are delighted to bring you this series, which consists of several dozens of works. You can see all of the works in this series by clicking here.
We think you’ll enjoy them as much as we do.