'St. Sergius of Radonezh' (Pavel Ryzhenko, 2013) - GREAT RUSSIAN CHRISTIAN ART


A few of the most famous Russian Christian artists:

19th C:    Repin       Ivanov       Polenov       Kramskoy       Nesterov       Semiradsky   

Contemporary:    Ryzhenko       Glazunov       Morgun       Afonina      

Our top 10 favorites: A purely subjective list of paintings and artists we love.

To see all of the over 100 paintings in this series, click here.


About this series: 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. If you know of a painter or sculptor which we can add to the series, please let us know in the form below. You can see the entire list of what we already have online here.

The painting 'Sergius' was created in 2013. The size of the picture - 93" x 140" (oil on canvas)

Link to high resolution image.

... Standing on the edge of the autumn road is the figure of a lonely old man. This is Sergius, hegumen of Radonezh. All gone to himself. All its essence is a prayer. With this prayer he led his battle of Kulikovo. He commemorated all the killed warriors at the time of the battle by name.

For many days he did not close his eyes, completely surrendering to the battle - the battle that his children, the Russian warriors, fought. And he is the main winner, he is the creator and commander of the Kulikovo victory.

All the monks of the monastery surrounding him and peasants who came from neighboring villages are visible in the picture in order to take part in prayer for the Victory with Sergius. The victory of Russia over the huge and terrible Horde. And both then and now Sergius stands at his prayer post for Russia ...

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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.

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.


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