Art and Faith

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Konstantin Vasiliev. Ilya Muromets Frees the Prisoners. 1974

Filed under: fine art,historical,Old Russia,Russian,Soviet period — 01varvara @ 00.00

Ilya Muromets Frees the Prisoners (Konstantin Vasiliev, 1974)

Konstantin Vasiliev. On Kalinov Bridge. 1974

Filed under: fine art,mythology/fantasy,Old Russia,Russian,Soviet period — 01varvara @ 00.00

On Kalinov Bridge (Konstantin Vasiliev, 1974)

Konstantin Vasiliev. The Duel of Peresvet and Chulubei. 1974

Filed under: fine art,historical,military,Old Russia,Russian,Soviet period — 01varvara @ 00.00

The Duel of Peresvet and Chulubei (Konstantin Vasiliev, 1974)

This picture is a not drawn from one of the epic bylini, it was an actual occurrence in history, well-documented. It was an incident at the beginning of the Battle of the Kulikovo Polye in 1380, where the Russian host under Grand Prince St Dmitri Donskoi defeated the Tatar horde. At the first, the Tatar champion Chulubei challenged one of the Russians to come out and fight him. Aleksandr Peresvet answered his call. Peresvet was a schemamonk, who rejoined the host from his monastery, as the rodina was in danger. We Orthodox do not believe in conscientious objection, as we hold that “there is no greater love than this, that a man would lay down his life for his friends”. Normally, priests and monastics do not bear arms, but, there have been periods in our history where the need was great, therefore, the clergy took up arms. This was true in 1612 against the Polish invaders, in 1812 in the First Great Patriotic War against Napoleon, and during the Second Great Patriotic War against the Nazis. The Church has always blessed Orthodox warriors, pacifism is not part of lived Orthodoxy.

Glory to the memory of all fallen Orthodox warriors! Vechnaya Pamyat!

Konstantin Vasiliev. Svyatagor’s Gift (an étude). 1974

Filed under: fine art,mythology/fantasy,Old Russia,Russian,Soviet period — 01varvara @ 00.00

Svyatagor’s Gift (an étude) (Konstantin Vasiliev, 1974)

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