Art and Faith

Sunday, 4 April 2010

Nikolai Bogdanov-Belsky. In Church. 1939

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In Church

Nikolai Bogdanov-Belsky



Nicky and I had to miss Easter services this evening because he had to work. Such does happen… my Nicky works in health care, and, sometimes, he must work on the weekend. There are many people who work at odd times… policemen, firemen, doctors, nurses, seamen, ambulance crew, telephone linemen, desk clerks, soldiers, bus drivers… without them, our society would grind to a halt. Pause and say a prayer for all of those who missed Easter services due to legitimate causes (including those sick in hospital, of course). As for us, the Greek church here in Albany is having a service at 11.00, so, we’re going to attend that. It IS Easter, after all… you MUST sanctify the day.


Sunday, 18 January 2009

Nikolai Bogdanov-Belsky. A Wedding. 1904

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A Wedding

Nikolai Bogdanov-Belsky



This is a peasant wedding in a humble village church portrayed without any sentimentality or gloss. Remember, at that time, glass was an expensive luxury, so, many village churches were rather dark. It appears that two couples are being married at one time, no doubt, to save on the fees paid to the priest for his services.


Nikolai Bogdanov-Belsky. Grief. 1909

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Nikolai Bogdanov-Belsky



Whose untimely death is being mourned here? Is it a beloved wife and mother? Or is it a little son or daughter carried away by a childhood disease? Or is it the news of a son who isn’t going to return from the army because he fell on a foreign field? One doesn’t know… However, one thing is certain, no matter if the family is humble, of the middle classes, or of the nobility, the emotion felt is the same… exactly the same.


Nikolai Bogdanov-Belsky. Hitting the Books. 1915

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Hitting the Books

Nikolai Bogdanov-Belsky



Cramming for exams is no new thing… but, one can tell that some of these girls are from poorer families. They have to share the same textbook. However, the thirst for knowledge is evident.


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