Our Top 10 Favorite Russian Christian Paintings (A Very Subjective List)

Some famous masterpieces, and some, we promise, you've never heard of.

This article from our archives was first published on RI in January 2020

As we work our way through an enormous cache of fascinating Russian Christian paintings which we are presenting in the Great Russian Christian Art Series, we can't help but fall in love with some of them.

About the 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.

 'Religious Procession in Kursk' (Ilya Repin - 1883)

'The Appearance of Christ' (Alexander Ivanov - 1857)

'Jesus and the Adulteress' (Vasily Polenov - 1888)

'The Vision of Young Bartholomew' (Mikhail Nesterov - 1890)

'Holy Russia' (Mikhail Nesterov, 1906)

'The battle of Kulikovo' (Ryzhenko, 2005)

'Eternal Russia' (Ilya Glazunov, 1988)

'Attacking a Church on Easter Eve' (Ilya Glazunov - 1999)

'Religious Procession at Vodoosvyaschenie Village' (Ivan Trutnev)

'Nikita Pustosvyat Disputing with Patriarch Joachim on Matters of Faith' (Vasily Perov)

'The sinner' 1873 (Genrikh Semiradsky)

'Burning of christians' (Genrikh Semiradsky)

'Sts Anthony and Theodosius, founders of Kiev Lavra' (Sayda Afonina)

'The Seige of the Trinity Sergius Lavra in Sergiev Posad' (Vasiliy Vereshagin)

'A funeral for the fallen' (Vasiliy Vereshagin)

'Hermogen in the events of Distemper' (Morgun V.)

'Saint Leonty preaches to the Pagans in Rostov' (Morgun E.)

'Prince Vladimir Chooses the Faith' (Filatov)

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