Two Slaves.
 Ivanov, Aleksandr Andreevich, 1806-1858

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Title:Two Slaves
Notes:An oil sketch study for “‘Appearance of Christ to the People,’ a painting by Alexander Andreevich Ivanov, covers an entire wall of the Tretiakov Gallery in Moscow. Based on the Gospel according to John, the painting shows John the Baptist as he fulfills his God-sent mission to prepare for the coming of Christ...Ivanov’s canvas depicts not merely the moment of Christ’s appearance on earth but the moment at which the light shown by God in the darkness becomes manifest in the person of his Son. Ivanov’s subject is therefore the impending transformation of humankind.” (Neuberger, 88) The oil sketch of the two slaves is most likely one of the many Ivanov painted over a 20 year period as he developed figures and themes for his masterwork. Christ’s coming meant freedom to those oppressed by ill health, slavery, and other cultural and social ills, and Ivanov’s long labors to communicate both the spiritual and worldly importance of Christ’s coming resulted in his masterwork.
Artist:Ivanov, Aleksandr Andreevich, 1806-1858
Building:Gosudarstvennyĭ russkiĭ muzeĭ (Saint Petersburg, Russia)
City/Town:St. Petersburg

Scripture:Matthew 10:24-25
Mark 10:44
Galatians 4:7
Philippians 2:7
Colossians 3:11
Zechariah 9:9-12
Lectionary links:BNYDy
General Subject:Slaves
ICONCLASS Number:46A18

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Attribution:Ivanov, Aleksandr Andreevich, 1806-1858. Two Slaves, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved January 20, 2021]. Original source:
Record Number:46230 Last Updated: 2014-04-26 17:07:18 Record Created: 2006-06-26 00:00:00
Institution:Vanderbilt University Unit: Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition

Bibliographic Source:Picturing Russia: explorations in visual culture
Author:Neuberger, Joan
Publisher:Yale University Press