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Alekseev is a Russian landscape painter, the most famous Russian master of urban landscape, actually the first among Russian painters. Prior to this, artists more praised nature. its beauty and completeness - Alekseev captured the cities as places that are able to tell about people much more than they know themselves, even more than some portraits. He began by writing the scenery. But over time he became famous, and even wrote by order of the emperor.
The Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius is his work, written for the soul, in his usual attentive, cautious, and reverent manner. It was as if he took a measurement from reality and applied it to a picture - captured one place on his canvas, it remained unchanged for many years.
Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius is a man’s monastery, the largest in Russia, not subject to the local diocese, but under the personal supervision of the patriarch. For many years he took a lively part in the life of the country - for example, the monks of the laurels opposed the supporters of False Dmitry in the Time of Troubles.
In the picture. however, there are no traces of those years. On the contrary, it seems very bright - high domes crowned with crosses, white walls, traditional church architecture, a small mall with trodden paths flocking to it. The sky is high, like the ceiling of a temple. The golden light of the sun fills the laurel and fills it with a premonition of good. In this light, the grass in the picture is like water - it seems that if a monk walked along the path, he would stumble and soak his feet.
When you look at the picture, you feel that the place depicted on it was holy for the artist. He wrote it in bright colors, carefully, as if he was afraid not to be able to transfer a certain spirit to paper, to deprive the place of light, leaving it empty and dead.
But this fear did not come true. The light remained in the picture, and will be with her forever.
Portrait of Henry 8