Christ the Almighty, Vasnetsov

Christ the Almighty, Vasnetsov
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  • Author: Viktor Mikhailovich Vasnetsov
  • Museum: Tretyakov Gallery
  • Year: 1885 – 1896

Overview of the painting :

Christ Almighty – Victor Mikhailovich Vasnetsov. 1885 – 1896. Oil on canvas

   A great master of painting on religious subjects, Vasnetsov in his canvas “Christ Almighty” portrayed Jesus Christ in the center of the composition. His expressive image is enclosed in an ideal circle, against the background of a dark night sky decorated with burning stars. In Christ’s left hand is a large handwritten Bible, and with his right, high hand, he blesses all who look at him, that is, all of humanity.

   At the angles of the sketch, entrusting the strict geometric construction of the canvas, there are symbolic images of Tetraform – four sacred creatures associated with four evangelists. Their images – an angel, an eagle, an ox and a lion – are made in a golden-chry gamma that gives the impression of a massive carved frame of the central round picture.

   Two main colors predominate in the picture – blue and brown. The shades of blue are associated with heaven, sublime and spiritual, and brown and golden colors are all earthly, real and human. Thus, the artist wants to convey the dual nature of Christ – the Son of God, born of a mortal woman.

   Christ has a very expressive, memorable face on the canvas, especially eyes that literally penetrate the soul of the beholder. This is a beautiful artistic and spiritual image for the temple.