Portrait of the Protodeacon, Repin, 1877
- Posted by Ilya Efimovich Repin
- Museum: Tretyakov Gallery
- Year: 1877
Overview of the painting :
Ilya Efimovich Repin – Portrait of the Protodeacon. 1877. Oil on canvas. 97.5 x 125.5 cm
Repinsky “Protodiacon” is both terrible and beautiful. Terribly of its size, face, look. Beautiful with its fabulous appearance, posture, confidence. The protodeacon, first of all, is the owner of a strong, powerful voice. Looking at the portrait, everyone understands that we have a carrier of a bulky bass in front of us.
The protodeacon holds his staff like an ancient warrior his sword. In general, the features of the Slavic pagan priest appear in the guise of a hero. Beard and eyebrows are a classic portrait of Santa Claus from a Russian fairy tale. But the eyes give the hero an addiction to alcohol, inner emptiness and the most primitive selfishness. External majesty, designed solely to create the first impression, is destroyed by internal emptiness and primitiveness. The appearance ceases to be formidable. Before us is rather a comic character, while not without any tragedy.