In memory of Mikhail Vrubel

In memory of Mikhail Vrubel

1 (April 14), 1910, a distinguished artist Mikhail Vrubel left this world. He created a number of incomparable artistic masterpieces – paintings, sculptures, panels, decorations, book illustrations, costumes, ornamental murals of the Kyiv Volodymyr’s Cathedral, monumental compositions and icons in St. Cyril’s church of Kyiv.

So, today we are commemorating the 110th anniversary of M. Vrubel’s death.

One of the monuments of the National Conservation Area “St. Sophia of Kyiv” is St. Cyril’s Church of Kyiv, founded in the XII century and, fortunately, preserved to this day. Besides the fascinating history of its founding, existence, architectural transformation, varied archaeographic information the most important is that the monument amazes visitors and researchers with its unique monumental painting.

There are 800 square meters of ancient frescoes, one tempered portrait of the Abbot of Cyril’s Monastery of the end of the 17th century, wall paintings of Ukrainian artists of the 19th century.

Despite of such a diverse artistic bouquet in the temple, visitors from different parts of the world flock to the ancient monastery to see the works of M. Vrubel: Archangel Gabriel, “The entry into Jerusalem”, “The descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles”, heads of Prophets Moses and Solomon, Angels with labarums, bust of Jesus Christ, “Tombstone crying” and icons in the iconostasis: Our Lady with the Child, Jesus Christ, St. Athanasius and St. Cyril (in whose honor the church is named).

These works await the admirers of Vrubel’s art works in the Church of St. Cyril. And today, through the illustration review, we will think about Vrubel himself and pay homage to the ARTIST!

The author: Irina Margolina