As Russia emerges as a leader in the return to traditionalism, this style of painting is now making a widespread impact.
Many of these paintings and artists had been hardly known in the West, dismissed by the secular, atheist, globalist modern 'art' vogue.
A few of the most famous Russian Christian artists:
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.
'Sergius of Radonezh and Andrei Rublev' - a painting by I. S. Glazunov. Finished by the author in Moscow in 1992. A piece of the cycle 'The Kulikovo Field'.
'Sergius of Radonezh and Andrei Rublev' is an oil painting on canvas, measuring 39″ × 78″
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Creation of paintings included in the large cycle, was timed to the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Kulikovo (1980). In the 1960s, the first canvases appeared: "Sturm of the city", "Khan Mamai".
In total, Ilya Glazunov took 20 years to complete the project.
The main characters in the picture of Glazunov are Sergius of Radonezh and Andrei Rublev.
Like no other of his contemporaries, the head of the Trinity Monastery, Sergius of Radonezh, helped to unite the scattered forces of the Russian specific princes around the Moscow Prince Dmitry, to finally throw off the yoke of the Tatar-Mongol yoke. Sergius inspired and blessed Dmitry to speak out against the Mamayev horde, instilling confidence in victory. He released with him the monks of Peresvet and Oslaby, the heroes who heroically fell on the Kulikovo Field.
Andrei Rublev in this picture is a symbol of the national identity of Russia
Ilya Glazunov (10 June 1930 – 9 July 2017) was a Russian artist from Saint Petersburg. He was the founder of the Russian Academy of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture in Moscow (Russian: Российская академия живописи, ваяния и зодчества) where he also served as a rector up until his death. He held the title of People's Artist of Russia.
Ilya Glazunov's paintings have mostly historic or religious themes. Famous works include Russia the Eternal, The 20th Century Mystery, The Ruining of the Temple on Easter Night, and illustrations to the works of Fyodor Dostoyevsky.
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.