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Christmas in Russian paintings

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The birth of Jesus Christ
Mary, a young girl with an open heart, lived in a small town Nazareth. She loved God very much. Once Angel Gabriel came to her and said that she would give birth to a son whose name would be Jesus. Later she married Joseph. As he learned that she was pregnant, Joseph wanted to leave Mary. But an angel appeared to him in a dream: “Do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife. Holy Spirit is a father of the baby. His son will be called Jesus and he will save people from their sins”.
In some time Mary and her husband came to Bethlehem. But they had no place to live in. That is why they stayed in a cattle shed, where Mary gave birth to their son.
When Jesus was born, a star started sparkling in the sky announcing about the birth of Jesus.
Jesus was born on Earth to teach people to forgive. During all His life He worked great miracles and gave people the light of truth…
Since that time people have become able to forgive and find light in themselves.

Christmas in pictures of Russian painters.

Alexander Ivanov
Joseph’s dream. Alexander Ivanov. 1850s
The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow
Grigory Gagarin
Christmas. Grigory Gagarin
Grigory Gagarin
Adoration of the Magi. Grigory Gagarin.
Vasily Shebuev
Christmas. Vasily Shebuev. 1847
Image for the Church of the Annunciation in St. Petersburg
Ilya Repin
Christmas. Ilya Repin. 1890
The State Tretyakov Gallery
Alexander  Ivanov
The Angel announced to the shepherds the birth of Christ. Sketch. Alexander Ivanov. 1850s
The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow
Alexander  Ivanov
Shepherds. Alexander Ivanov. 1850

Pyotr Petrovsky

The Angel Appearing to the Shepherds. Pyotr Petrovsky. 1839
For this picture, the young artist, Karl Briullov’s student, was awarded the first major gold medal of the Academy of Arts.

Victor Vasnetsov
Christmas. Victor Vasnetsov. 1885-1896
Cathedral Painting in Kiev
Ivan Vishnyakov
Christmas. Ivan Vishnyakov and others. 1755. Trinity Cathedral
The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg
Vladimir Borovikovsky
Christmas. Vladimir Borovikovsky. 1790
Tver Regional Art Gallery
Vladimir Borovikovsky
Christmas. Vladimir Borovikovsky. “New Jerusalem” Art Museum
Mikhail Nesterov

Christmas. Sketch painting of the altar wall of the St. Vladimir Cathedral. Mikhail Nesterov. 1890-1891.
The State Tretyakov Gallery

Andrei  Ryabushkin

Magi. Sketch. Andrei Ryabushkin
Kostroma State Art Museum

Claudius Lebedev

Birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Claudius Lebedev (1852-1816)

Claudius Lebedev

Angels singing at the birth of the Savior. Claudius Lebedev

Valerian Otmar

Adoration of the Magi. Valerian Otmar. 1897
Original mosaic for the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood


The Angel and shepherds. Christmas. Porphirov.
Church of the Resurrection, St. Petersburg

Ivan Bilibin

Christmas. Ivan Bilibin. Sketch for the Temple Uspeniya Presvyatoi of the Virgin.

Christmas - Tatiana Teodorovna Gridina

Christmas – Tatiana Teodorovna Gridina

Fedot Sychkov

Waits. (Children of the old village ). Fedot Sychkov. 1935.
Mordovian Republican Museum of Fine Arts

Leonid Solomatkin

In the cellar at the Yule week. Leonid Solomatkin. 1878.

Konstantin Trutovsky

Carols. Konstantin Trutovsky. 1864

Pavel Filonov

Magi. Pavel Filonov. 1914
The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

Pavel Filonov

Adoration of the Magi. Pavel Filonov. 1913
Private collection

At first Evdokia Glebova, sister of the painter was the owner of the picture. On October 17, 1990 it was sold at Sotheby’s and then on November 29, 2006 it was resold at Christie’s for $ 1.5 million.