Monastery Walls

Monastery Walls
Monastery Walls
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Video: Behind the Monastery Walls (documentary 2011) / În spatele zidurilor Mânăstirii (documentar 2011) 2023, February
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Within the framework of the spring Art Salon in the Central House of Artists in Moscow, the Coliseum-Art gallery presented a small exhibition by Irina and Vladimir Knyazhevs “Monastery Walls”.

Contrasts
Contrasts

Contrasts

Contrasts
Contrasts

Contrasts

The collage technique of the international-class florist Irina Knyazheva perfectly matches the theme of the exhibition - gypsum floristic textures evoke associations with walls that have lived a long life, covered with fossil imprints of ancient skeletonized plants. For the most part, we see stylized leaves, completed by the imagination of a florist. This is foliage, and a hint of silhouettes of trees leaning towards each other, which do not seem static, but carry on a conversation that is inaudible for us.

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Among them, the most realistic tropical monsters look no less intriguing - their unusual foliage has more than once served as a symbol of the unknown world. The very word "monstera" is associated with the Latin name of this large plant monstrum (monster), then with pointing to unusual, often perforated leaves, monstrosus (bizarre, amazing).

From leaf - a material found in nature, the florist moves on to decor. A fancy monstera leaf in stone is already becoming a decorative element, reminiscent of the carved decor of monastery walls, which has long served as a symbol of Paradise. Just as in rhythmic fantasies with leaves of ferns and other plants, the imagination turns from the real world to the decor and vice versa.

Variations with monstera leaves
Variations with monstera leaves

Variations with monstera leaves

Fantasy with leaves
Fantasy with leaves

Fantasy with leaves

The whole cycle of works in the technique of floristic collage stretches a thread between the past and the future, reminding people of the transitory nature of the world and at the same time its eternity. So in the fall, tired plants shed their foliage in order to sparkle again with fresh greens in the spring.

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The works of Vladimir Knyazhev, a Member of the Union of Artists of the Russian Federation, created in his own author's technique (painting on gesso in the traditions of Orthodox art), in appearance echo the textures of Irina's collages. They shift attention from the natural to the spiritual, touching on the theme of biblical plants with their stories.

The central part of the exhibition was represented by the triptych "Three Angels", which at the same time reminds of the Holy Trinity. The faces of angels in white robes seem to appear on the old prayed monastery walls.

Three Angels
Three Angels

Three Angels

Beneath it is the canvas “The Garden of Gethsemane” filled with the deepest meaning, with olive branches swaying in the wind, generously dropping fruits on the ancient wall. In the openings of the masonry - the initial letters of the names of the holy Apostles. Perhaps this wall is the remnant of the fence that has survived to this day, the real-life Garden of Gethsemane near Jerusalem. It is believed that the 8 oldest olives growing in it may be the descendants of those trees under which Jesus and his disciples prayed. Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane furiously, to bloody sweat, so some of the olive trees on the canvas are shaded red.

Gethsemane garden
Gethsemane garden

Gethsemane garden

The lawn was cut off from half.

Behind her began the Milky Way.

Gray-haired silvery olives

Tried to step into the distance through the air.

(B. Pasternak. "Garden of Gethsemane")

The bowl under the olive branches can be both a bowl with healing olive oil, and the coveted Grail, and the cup of suffering drunk by Jesus Christ when the traitor Judas Iscariot found it in the Garden of Gethsemane. For today's Christians, it is a symbol of the Eucharist, our communion and our salvation.

The work "Thistle" is not accidental in this collection. In biblical mythology, thistles and any thorny plants are referred to as thorns and thistles, and are a symbol of God's punishment for sins. Here are the Gospel words of the angry Creator: "And he said to Adam: because you listened to your wife's voice and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, saying: do not eat from it, cursed is the land for you; with sorrow you will eat from it in all the days of your life … it will grow thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat on the grass of the field … "(Genesis 3: 17-18).

The thorny thistle in Christianity carried the meaning of martyrdom. And although the crown of thorns became the symbol of the suffering of Jesus Christ, the iconographic images of the holy great martyrs were framed with thistles.

Another meaning of a thistle in Christianity is a talisman against black forces, evil and witchcraft. Our ancestors burned the thistle before sowing to protect the future harvest from bad weather. On the canvas he stands like a guard outside the monastery walls, guarding the tightly closed gates of Paradise.

Thistle
Thistle

Thistle

Keys to Paradise
Keys to Paradise

Keys to Paradise

The work "Keys to Paradise" paints the cherished door to heavenly life, through which, according to legend, it will help to look not a lot of ordinary keys, but a modest flower - a primrose. True, this legend is not of biblical origin, but was born, presumably, in the Middle Ages. The Apostle Peter, who was guarding the entrance to the Kingdom of Heaven, found out that someone was trying to enter heaven without permission. Frightened, he dropped the bunch of golden keys to the ground. A yellow flower like keys grew in that place. And although the sent angel returned the keys to Peter, on the ground where they were imprinted, yellow primroses grow again and again, opening the way for spring. One of the common names for primrose and it sounds - keys. They open up a real explosion in nature, a riot of spring bloom that breaks out after the winter cold. And when the beauty of flowering comes - is it not paradise?

On the canvas "Savior" we see the face of the Savior and a delicate allusion to the Christian holiday - the Apple Savior.

Spas
Spas

Spas

Dandelions
Dandelions

Dandelions

Two small works - "Crocuses" and "Frostbite" are devoted to spring plants, the flowering of which usually coincides with the period of Great Lent or the bright holiday of Easter.

Crocuses
Crocuses

Crocuses

Hellebore
Hellebore

Hellebore

I will go down into the coffin and on the third day I will rise, And, as rafts are floated down the river, To my judgment, like barges of a caravan, Centuries will float out of the darkness.

(B. Pasternak. "Garden of Gethsemane")

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