Art and Faith

Sunday, 13 July 2008

Arkady Rylov. Sunset. 1917

Filed under: early modern,fine art,landscape/nature,Russian — 01varvara @ 00.00

Sunset (Arkady Rylov, 1917)

Here is an appropriate piece for my last post of the day. Bill, how do you like Rylov’s palette? Betcha never seen anything quite like THIS before…

Arkady Rylov. In the Forest. 1905

In the Forest (Arkady Rylov, 1905)

Oooga-booga-boo! Watch for things that go bump in the midst of the forest… If I were you…

Ivan Aivazovsky. The Passage of the Jews through the Red Sea. 1891

The Passage of the Jews through the Red Sea

Ivan Aivazovsky



Now, here’s a painting that does justice to the biblical story. This actually LOOKS like the sea. Pharaoh and his chariots are drowning in the sea, just as it says in the Matins Canon. Now, if we were to use this as an allegory… it doesn’t bode well for poseurs, does it?


Nikolai Yaroshenko. Life is Everywhere. 1888


Life is Everywhere

Nikolai Yaroshenko


This is a depiction of a trainload of convicted criminals on their way to Siberian exile. Since Russia was an Orthodox country, mercy was shown to the criminals. They were exiled to far places, to be sure, but, they were allowed to take their families with them. Often, the old babas would wait on the station sidings and give food and drink to the prisoners and their families. The prisoners were punished to be sure, but, they were not dehumanised, as the later prisoners in the GULag were. The Church taught everyone to show charity to prisoners and their families, and this was counted as an act of Christian mercy. Yes, life is everywhere… the prisoner’s child is the same as everyone else’s.

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