Art and Faith

Friday, 29 February 2008

Ilya Repin. The Wedding of Tsar St Nikolai Aleksandrovich. 1894

The Wedding of Tsar St Nikolai Aleksandrovich (Ilya Repin, 1894)

The theme today is “Tsars in Russian history”. This painting depicts the wedding of the last tsar in 1894.

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A Contemporary Russian-American Wedding

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When one compensates for differences in scale (that is, a modest ordinary service in comparison to a lush regal setting), there is not much difference in the two weddings. That is, in Russian Orthodoxy, we have not changed; we have not suffered a “Vatican II” as the Catholics did. Of course, there are unrepresentative intellectuals who wish to “improve” things, but, they are a minority, and the faithful, largely, ignore them. I have every confidence that the ’60s true believers amongst us shall be routed soon, and we can get back to the serious business of preserving our faith complete and unchanged. Unfortunately, these unrepresentative voices predominate on the Internet, although there are shining exemplars of traditional faith here on the web such as Fr John Whiteford, Fr Jason (I am SORRY, I am writing from memory, and I forgot his last name! First sign of Alzheimer’s?), and the great monks from Vashon Island (kudos, Fr Tryphon!). Do ignore such as Frederica Matthewes-Greene and Joseph Honeycutt, they are peddling Protestantism with an Orthodox veneer, sadly.

I thank the inimitable Sasha Ressetar for the photo, he is in the back holding a candle (as he should! my praises to a brave man who keeps the faith without diminution).

Ilya Repin. Tsar Ivan Grozny After Killing His Son on 15 November 1581. 1873

Ilya Repin. Tsar Ivan Grozny Killing His Son on 15 November 1581. 1873

Tsar Ivan Grozny After Killing His Son on 15 November 1581

Ilya Repin

1873

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This is one of the most famous paintings by Repin, and rightfully so. The portrayal of the horror of the tsar at what he has done is depicted ruthlessly and without pretense. One of the great paintings of the world, I say. Raw emotion… unflinchingly put down for the ages.

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Ilya Repin. The Reception of the Freeholding Elders with Tsar Aleksandr Aleksandrovich in the Courtyard of the Petrovsky Palace in Moscow. 1886

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The Reception of the Freeholding Elders with Tsar Aleksandr Aleksandrovich in the Courtyard of the Petrovsky Palace in Moscow (Ilya Repin, 1886)

One of the best depictions of autocracy I have ever seen. The strength, determination, and firmness of Tsar Aleksandr Aleksandrovich is evident, and one can see that he was a good and well-loved ruler. One of the great men of history, I say. If I were to choose between a weak-kneed intellectual awash in books and “ideas” or Tsar Aleksandr Aleksandrovich, I would choose the latter. His rule saw great economic development and a flowering of the arts, what more does one need? “Freedom?” That is for juvenile pseudo-intellectuals…

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