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Title: Archangel Cathedral
Artist: Papeonov Mikhail
Size: 19x14x2.5
Size (inches): 7.5x5.5x1
Price : $1650 SOLD!


The well-known Fedoskino artist Mikhail Papyonov has painted this majestic view of the Archangel Cathedral situated within the territory of the Moscow Kremlin. Its history dates back to the 13th century when a wooden church stood on the place of the modern Archangel Cathedral. It was built by Mikhail Khrabry (Courageous), Alexander Nevsky's brother, to commemorate his guardian, Archangel Mikhail. In the time of Prince Ivan Kalita it was replaced with a white stone church, the largest in the Kremlin. Prince Ivan Kalita was the first to be buried on its premises. In 1505-1508, in the time of Grand Prince Ivan III, the time-worn edifice was demolished to be replaced with a cathedral. Designed by the Italian architect Alevisio Novy, it has survived to date. The cathedral bearing the name of Archangel Mikhail, the guardian of princes and Russian warrior, was to become the sepulcher of grand princes. The Archangel Cathedral served as a dynasty sepulcher right until Peter the Great relocated the Russian capital to St.-Petersburg where monarchs would be buried thereupon. At present, the Archangel Cathedral of Kremlin serves as a museum housing the ancient tombs and providing a fine example of medieval décor. Church serves are also held here.
From the left of the Archangel Cathedral we can see the Annunciation Cathedral while from the right of it the Assumption Cathedral is painted. In the far background, from the right of the Assumption Cathedral, there is a fragment of the Patriarch's Palace.
The scene is painted with photo quality accuracy in the realistic style. Large pieces of mother-of-pearl shine through the architecture of the Archangel Cathedral, the Annunciation Cathedral, and the Assumption Cathedral.
The scene is framed with a gold line. The box's sides are adorned with four parallel gold lines.
The box is made out of paper-mache. Black lacquer covers the exterior and red lacquer covers the interior of the piece. The lid is hinged from the top of the scene, and the box rests on a flat bottom. Signed with the artist's name, the village of Fedoskino, the title (“Old Moscow”) and the year of 2005.

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