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Throughout his entire creative life, Mikhail Vasilievich Nesterov devoted fifteen of his paintings to Sergius of Radonezh. The artist created a large series of works describing significant events in the life of a Russian saint.
The painting "Youth of St. Sergius" was painted in 1892-1897. on canvas with oil. Its size is quite large 247x229cm. After completing this painting, the artist himself presented it to the Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow), where it is still preserved.
In the center of the canvas depicts young Sergius (Bartholomew in the world). A handsome young man stands in a bright cassock in the middle of a dense, mixed forest. The image of a young man is spiritualized. His face is bright, filled with love and kindness.
At his feet lies a brown bear. The bear episode is taken from the description of the life of the saint.
The artist used many green shades to convey all the colors of wildlife. The abundance of greenery and wildflowers indicates the time of year - this is spring. In the background is a small wooden church. Perhaps it was with her that the story of the Trinity-Sergius Lavra began.
The canvas is dominated by the harmony of man with the environment. Crossing his arms over his chest, Sergius prays for the whole world, concentrating his gaze into the distance.
Despite the age of the young man, the artist describes the radiance above his head.
Mikhail Nesterov deeply revered the great saint and in his works tried to convey his righteousness, chastity, faith. From an early age, the youth Bartholomew took on the feat of fasting, unceasing prayer and further monasticism.
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