Angel with a censer and a candle, Wrubel, 1887

Angel with a censer and a candle, Wrubel, 1887
Angel with a censer and a candle, Wrubel, 1887 - 1

  • Posted by Mikhail Vrubel
  • Museum: Kiev Museum of Russian Art, Kiev
  • Year: 1887

Overview of the painting :

Angel with a censer and a candle – Mikhail Vrubel. 1887. Paper, cardboard, pencil, watercolor, varnish. 69×26

   When Vrubel was invited to create new paintings by Vladimir Cathedral, he could not imagine how much this work would capture him and inspire him to many masterpieces. Before the viewer, not a canonical fragment created in accordance with the Byzantine code of rules. Rather, work can be attributed to the works of Giotto or other masters of the Tricento era.

   The master was blamed for the fact that his Angels are too similar to people, but the artist could not have been otherwise. For him, Angels are created in the image and likeness of God, like man. In this work, it is still very difficult to guess the future creative triumph in the work of the “Seraphim”.

   Before us is the image of the Messenger of God, who rather resembles an Italian young man with paintings of baroque masters. Its unearthly essence is expressed in a detached look, a fantastic thin and multi-color attire. Wings are more likely to guess than are directly depicted. The master was not able to completely finish the work on the painting of the cathedral. Later, even for sketches of paintings, collectors lined up, and in the late 80s of the XIX century, work caused fierce debate.