Angel with a censer and a candle, Vrubel, 1887

Description of the picture:

An angel with a censer and a candle – Mikhail Vrubel. 1887. Paper, cardboard, pencil, watercolor, varnish. 69×26
When Vrubel was invited to create new paintings of Vladimir Cathedral, he could not imagine how much this work would capture him and inspire many masterpieces. In front of the viewer is not a canonical fragment created in accordance with the Byzantine code of rules. The master was not able to completely finish painting the cathedral. Later, even for the sketches of the murals, collectors lined up, and in the late 80s of the XIX century the work caused fierce debate.

Before us is the image of the messenger of God, which most likely resembles an Italian youth from the paintings of baroque masters. Its unearthly essence is expressed in a detached look, a fantastic thin and multi-colored robe. Wings are more likely to be guessed than depicted directly. The work can most likely be attributed to the works of Giotto or other masters of the Trecento era. The master was blamed for the fact that his Angels were too similar to people, but the artist could not do otherwise. For him, the Angels are created in the image and likeness of God, like man. In this work, it is still very difficult to predict the future creative triumph in the work of Seraphim.