John the Baptist - study for painting 'Christ Among the People'.
 Ivanov, Aleksandr Andreevich, 1806-1858

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Title:John the Baptist - study for painting "Christ Among the People"
Notes:"John the Baptist was known in Russia as "the forerunner" (predtecha), a designation that seems particularly appropriate for Ivanov. His vision of universal Russian rule aided by "public artists" and adorned with "temples of humanity" seems at times like an anticipation of Soviet ideology...His final realism and preoccupation with suffering helped usher in the bleak, semi-photographic style that was to dominate [Russian] painting until the 1890's...Ivanov had tried first to create and then to become Christ, but he had left behind only sketches of human suffering and a noble failure dominated by the ascetic prophet who can do no more than announce that someone mightier is coming. His life and work represent a final heroic effort to attain a kind of moralistic self-transformation into the likeness of Christ." (Billington)

From The Yorck Project.
Artist:Ivanov, Aleksandr Andreevich, 1806-1858
Building:Gosudarstvennai︠a︡ Tretʹi︠a︡kovskai︠a︡ galerei︠a︡

Scripture:Matthew 11:2-11
Person as Subject:John, the Baptist (Biblical figure)
Lectionary links:CAdvt02
Library of Congress Subject:Christian art and symbolism -- Russia

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Attribution:Ivanov, Aleksandr Andreevich, 1806-1858. John the Baptist - study for painting "Christ Among the People", from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved April 16, 2024]. Original source:
Record Number:46166 Last Updated: 2021-09-09 06:10:00 Record Created: 2006-06-26 00:00:00
Institution:Vanderbilt University Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition

Bibliographic Source:Icon and the axe: an interpretive history of Russian culture
Author:Billington, James