Art and Faith

Wednesday, 12 December 2007

Vasili Belyaev. Archangel St Michael and the Angelic Host. Khram Spasa na Krovi (Church of the Saviour on the Spilt Blood). St Petersburg. undated (1890s?)

Archangel St Michael and the Angelic Hosts

Vasili Belyaev

undated (1890s?)

Khram Spasa na Krovi (Church of the Saviour on the Spilt Blood)

St Petersburg (Federal City of St Petersburg. Northwestern Federal DistrictRF

Monday, 3 December 2007

Vasili Belyaev. Central Mosaics of the Khram Spasa na Krovi (Church of the Saviour on the Spilt Blood). St Petersburg RF. undated (1890s)

Central Mosaics of the Khram Spasa na Krovi (Church of the Saviour on the Spilt Blood)

Vasili Belyaev

undated (1890s?)

Khram Spasa na Krovi (Church of the Saviour on the Spilt Blood)

St Petersburg (Federal City of St Petersburg. Northwestern Federal DistrictRF

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There’s no need to say anything concerning this work. It speaks for itself. This church was built on the spot were Tsar Aleksandr Nikolaevich was assasinated by anarchist terrorists in 1881. That’s why it’s called the Church of the Saviour on the Spilt Blood. By the way, the new memorial church dedicated to the Royal Martyrs in Yekaterinburg bears almost the same name.

BMD

Vasili Belyaev. Protection of the Most Holy Mother of God. Khram Spasa na Krovi (Church of the Saviour on the Spilt Blood). St Petersburg RF. undated (1890s)

Protection of the Most Holy Mother of God

Vasili Belyaev

undated (1890s?)

Khram Spasa na Krovi (Church of the Saviour on the Spilt Blood)

St Petersburg (Federal City of St Petersburg. Northwestern Federal DistrictRF

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There was excellent response to my posting of the mosaics of the Spasa na Krovi, so, here’s another example of the mosaic work in that church. It’s simply stunning, isn’t it? No doubt, you can see why I detest those who attack such work as “too Western”. If this doesn’t move you to tears by its beauty (you needn’t be a believer to see that!), you have no soul.

BMD

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