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Title: Cathedrals of Moscow Kremlin
Artist: Spiridonov A.
Size: 10x8.5x4
Size (inches): 4x3.5x1.5
Price : $395 SOLD!


This authentic piece of Russian artistry is painted by Spiridonov from the village of Fedoskino. It is called "The Cathedrals of Moscow Kremlin", and features the Assumption Cathedral (built as the principal church of the Russian state during 1475-1479 by A. Fioravanti), the Belfry of Ivan the Terrible (built by Bono Friazin in 1505-1508), the fragment of the red bricked Kremlin's Wall, and the embankment of the Moscow River along which several cars are moving.
The palette that the artist has used reflects the season depicted here. Predominance is given to green, blue, white tones. The scene looks strikingly realistic that is the evidence of the artist's talent and skill. Though the box was painted in 1994, it is in the perfect condition as if it was painted two months ago.
There is the interesting fact that the Kremlin has gone through a few metamorphoses since the first was built out of wood in the 1150's. Ivan the Great completed today's version in 1516. If history went as planned then the Kremlin might have looked a great deal different. In the 1770's Catherine the Great planned on building a new, more classic looking, yet modern for the time, Kremlin, but ran out of the funding. Also when the French were retreating in 1812, Napoleon wanted to blow it up, but could not due to the simultaneous arrival of Russian forces and rains.
The box is constructed from paper-mache. Black lacquer covers the exterior and red lacquer covers the interior of the box. The sides of the box are decorated with elegant gold patterns. A hinge is fastened to the left of the composition. The box rests on a flat bottom. It is signed with the name of the artist, the village of Fedoskino, the title and the year (1994). A fine work!

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