Art and Faith

Sunday, 7 September 2008

Pavel Korin. A Portrait of Schema-Nun Famar. 1935

A Portrait of Schema-Nun Famar (Pavel Korin, 1935)

This study for A Farewell to Rus is an indictment of all of us. How many of us could preserve the composure and dignity that Mother Famar is showing in this painting under similar circumstances? I do daresay that not many of us could! This is a study in sainthood in colours. You could learn more from contemplating this painting than from reading a tall stack of dusty tomes.

This painting is a classic illustration of the truism that the Faith is not taught or read; rather, it is caught by being near the holy. There is no other way.

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