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Natalya Sheredega
Andrei Rublev: Image of the "Holy Trinity"

№3 2013 (40)

In 1929, the Zagorsk History and Art Museum passed over the most acclaimed Russian icon, the "Holy Trinity" by Andrei Rublev, which is considered the acme of Russian national art, to the State Tretyakov Gallery; since then the icon has been kept under the constant attention of its curators and restorers. Rublev's "Holy Trinity" has attracted thousands of people of every creed, profession and age with a common desire to worship this ideal of beauty and true spirituality, executed with perfect artistic means.

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Lyubov Golovina
“The Appearance of Christ to the People”: A Life-long Enterprise

№4 2005 (09)

The posthumous fame of an artist can seem paradoxical. It often happens that a painter who has toiled all his life to polish his mastery, changing his manner, creating works that would become landmarks of the dedicated path of their creator, remains known to the general public for a single painting – one which is often far from his best. Thus, Alexander Ivanov has gone down in the memory of art lovers as the painter of “The Appearance of Christ to the People”, despite the fact that his own feelings on the work were rather mixed.

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A. MOROZOV
THE LIVE PHENOMENON OF REALISM

№3 2004 (04)

Writing about realism in connection with contemporary Russian art is not an easy task - nor an encouraging one. On the one hand, we still remember our experience of a continuous struggle for realism, on the other, we know that today’s creative thinking is not obviously oriented towards realism. Those who have made a choice in favour of global integration into the "world artistic community", or to be exact, into the Western art-market, feel no need to speculate on the subject. Even those who make the heritage of social realism their business will – sooner or later - acknowledge that money is paid not for realism as such, but for the peculiar aesthetic phantoms involved. Any discussions on realism are based on rather an unstable theoretical background. Thus one question arises: what to discuss – something belonging to the past, museum artifacts, or the so-called "actual"? And what to analyze – traditional or living creative principles?

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