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16 Contemporary Russian Church Art―Between Tradition and Modernity

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This chapter reflects on the nature of artistic life and developments in the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC), using as an example of two newly opened churches in the town of Tarusa, which is well known for its rich artistic life. The art of the mosaic was flourishing during the Soviet time and had great masters, because mosaics were in high demand for public buildings. In today's Russia there are thousands of churches, chapels, and places of devotion. The majority of these churches are newly opened; many of them are newly built. The study of the Russian icon, which had started in 1913 with the famous exhibition, continued. In the work of most prominent icon-painters one can observe an attempt to reinvent the medieval tradition. The majority of serious icon-painters came to this type of art with a background in modern art.

Keywords: chapels; medieval tradition; modern art; mosaic; Russian icon; Russian Orthodox Church (ROC); Tarusa



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