Art and Faith

Wednesday, 5 November 2008

Ivan Kramskoi. The Prayer of Moses Before the Israelites Passed Through the Red Sea. 1861

The Prayer of Moses Before the Israelites Passed Through the Red Sea

Ivan Kramskoi

1861

Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Ivan Kramskoi. A Portrait of the Author Graf L N Tolstoy. 1873

Ivan Kramskoi. A Portriat of the Author L N Tolstoy. 1873

A Portrait of the Author Graf L N Tolstoy

Ivan Kramskoi

1873

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Most portrayals of Tolstoy (1828-1910) in the West show him in his old age. This portrayal is from a period midway between his two masterwork novels, War and Peace (1869) and Anna Karenina (1879). Tolstoy has a larger reputation in the West than he does in Russia. In Orthodox circles, he is rather a sorry figure, as he ended his life as a heretic, who refused the last rites of the Church. Indeed, this is one of the reasons for his wide repute in the secular West. He was a man who undoubtedly had talent, but he was a heretic; we should never forget that fact. If you wish to read great literature, read Dostoyevsky. In fact, a preference for Dostoyevsky or for Tolstoy is a good litmus test. Most real Orthodox Christians prefer Dostoyevsky, most Orthodox who have taken on the morés of secularism or the Western confessions prefer Tolstoy. I have found it most accurate.

BMD

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