'The battle of Kulikovo' (Pavel Ryzhenko, 2005) - 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 'The battle of Kulikovo' was completed in 2005. Canvas, oil. Painting size - 59'' x 90''

Link to high resolution image.

Everyone knows that there was a battle of Kulikovo. And those who do not know or do not believe, and should not be convinced. Everybody, or almost everyone, knows that the outcome of the Sich was the strike of the Ambush Regiment, headed by Vladimir Serpukhovskoy and voivode Bobrok Volynsky. But does everyone know that a victory on any battlefield is a sacrifice of the most precious - not even your own life. In the picture in the foreground, I place the father and the hero-dying son in his arms, in the prime of his life, going to God, joyfully fulfilled his duty. What is to be done on earth by a father who lastly nurses his little woman? This is where Pole Kulikovo’s father begins for the rest of his life. The battle for the immortal soul of a son and for his own soul.

Details:

Pavel 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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