“The procession in Yaroslavl”, Bogolyubov – overview of the painting

“The procession in Yaroslavl”, Bogolyubov – overview of the painting
“The procession in Yaroslavl”, Bogolyubov - overview of the painting - 1

  • Author: Alexey Petrovich Bogolyubov
  • Museum: A. Museum. N. Radishcheva, Saratov
  • Year: 1863

Overview of the painting :

The procession in Yaroslavl is Alexey Petrovich Bogolyubov. Oil on canvas. 26 x 46 cm
   Alexey Petrovich Bogolyubov traveled a lot. In June 1863, while in the retinue of Tsarevich Nikolai Alexandrovich, he spent several days in Yaroslavl. His attention was drawn to the unique church of Ilya Proroka, built in the middle of the XVII century. Admired by its beauty, the artist writes this sketch, currently located in the Radishchev Museum.

   Clear summer day. Quite majestically stands on the banks of the Volga a stone temple made of red brick. Five onion chapters, decorated with gold crosses sparkling in the sun, swept into the sky. A bell tower crowned with a tent dome will be hatched nearby.

   A procession comes out of the temple gate. Ahead are icons, priests with crosses and lords lead the procession, followed by the townspeople. In pure air, the bell ringing spills, prayers sound.

   Everything around breathes peace. A sailing ship sways quietly off the coast, wooden skidney is thrown ashore. The light wind slightly sways multi-colored flags on masts. A flock of geese splashes near a quiet backwater. In the distance, on a hill, the city spread, gently shining against the background of the vast blue sky, the snow-white Kremlin.

   The artist writes the picture with joyful, light colors – delicate, peach shades of walls and fences, turquoise tones of roofs and terracotta color of the brick masonry of the cathedral. Like gems, the heads of the cathedral are poured with amethyst and aquamarine sparks. Gold robes of church workers and domes of church chapels burn in the sun.

   Questions are born in our soul: where we are going and what awaits us at the end of our life?

   Admiring this picture, we feel joy, the soul is filled with peace and confidence in tomorrow.