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Title: St. Trinity Sergious Monastery
Artist: Maslov Alexander
Size: 12.5x9.5x2.5
Size (inches): 5x3.75x1
Price : $475 SOLD!


This wonderful box was painted by talented artist Maslov from Fedoskino.
The composition depicts the St. Trinity Sergious Monastery located in the town of Sergiev Posad (named Zagorsk in the Soviet times), one of the most interesting towns in Russia.
The town was built in the 14th century as a settlement around the St. Trinity Monastery established by reverend Saint Sergious Radonezhsky. He was canonized by the Russian Orthodox Church and became one of the most honored Russian Saints. The St. Trinity Sergious Monastery was one of the largest monasteries founded in Russia in the 14th-15th centuries. In 1774 it was elevated to the status of Lavra (the Greek word "laura" means monastery), i.e. the monastery of the highest rank. The Sergious Lavra played an important role in the history of the formation of the centralized Russian State and in the development of the Russian culture. Due to its wealth, the monastery could afford to invite the best architects and icon painters for the construction and decoration of the buildings. Icon painters Andrey Rublev and Daniel Chorny worked there, they decorated with frescoes the main church of the monastery - the Trinity Cathedral. The cathedral keeps the imperishable relics of Reverend Sergious. For many centuries his tomb has been the place of pilgrimage for orthodox believers. It is impossible to overestimate the importance of the monastery and its founder for the history of Russia. It is the basis that supports Russian spirituality, statehood, and national character. The Trinity-St. Sergius Laura grounds include the biggest Russian monastery, the monastery necropolis and the Moscow Ecclesiastical Academy and Seminary. There remains a historical and architectural XV-XIX century ensemble of churches, belfries and chambers.
The artist uses a palette of paints that accurately showcases the cathedral as well as creates a setting for winter. The architecture is expertly executed. It's lines and perspectives hold a dignified precision that is a result of the excellent execution.
The sides of the box are decorated with two parallel gold lines.
The box is made out of paper-mache. Black lacquer covers the exterior and red lacquer covers the interior of the box. The box has a hinge above the composition and rests on a flat bottom. It is signed with the name of the artist, village, and year (2009). Very nice work!
Additional: The composition depicts the splendid architectural ensemble of St. Trinity Sergious Monastery. In the center of the composition we can see the blue and golden domed the Holy Spirit Church built in 1476. To the left of Holy Spirit Church the artist has painted the Nadkladeznaya Chapel while behind it we can see the Refectory Church. In the left part of the composition we can see a fragment of the St. Trinity Church.
The artist who painted this box is Alexander Maslov. He was born in a family of well-known Fedoskino artist Sergey Maslov. Alexander finished the Fedoskino Art School in 1982. His teachers were Shagin, Monashov and Marchukov. Alexander resides in Fedoskino. He has a brother Vladislav who is also very talented artist!

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