Oil on сanvas
172 x 247
This work is a small version of Alexander Ivanov’s famous painting of the same name now in the Tretyakov Gallery. The study allowed the artist to experiment with a series of ideas and resolutions, before embarking on the final picture. There are, in fact, only minor differences between this work and the final version. Ivanov originally planned to paint a picture the same size as this study, though gradually arrived at more monumental forms in the course of work on the canvas.
This study illustrates the grandiose concept of Christ’s Appearance to the People and the artist’s attempt to convey the general meaning of the Gospels, employing a subject that unites prophecy and fulfillment and symbolises the birth of a new world.
Ivanov, Alexander Andreyevich
1806, St Petersburg -1858, St Petersburg
Painter, landscapist, history painter. Son of professor of history painting Andrei Ivanov. Studied under his father and Alexei Yegorov at the Imperial Academy of Arts. Awarded a gold medal (1827). Fellow of the Society for the Encouragement of Artists, lived in Italy (1830-58). Academician for Christ''s Appearance to Mary Magdalene after the Resurrection (1835). Worked for over twenty years on Christ''s Appearance to the Peofile, painting four-hundred studies. Pioneer of plein-air painting in Russia.