ivanov's appearnce of christ to the people
ivanov's appearnce of christ to the people
Alexander Ivanov became the first important Russian painter to draw directly from nature, sketching trees and landscapes in the open air.

Appearance of Christ to the People, was a huge undertaking that took many years to complete. As you can see, the dominant figure is no Christ but John the Baptist; Christ disappears almost into the background because, in the course of the work Ivanov began to see Christ not as a redemptive figure but just as another human being. People commented that it was not the Appearance of Christ to the People, but the disappearance of Christ into the people.


ivanov's appearnce of christ to the people

Ivanov was encouraged by his close friend, Gogol, who put great hopes in this painting. This overload of hope and expectation was to be characteristic of Russian historical painting and the monumental approach, ultimately led to the inability to capture the religious faith that had existed in the older iconography.



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