Composition "Saint Seraphim of Sarov"

Composition "Saint Seraphim of Sarov"

Author
Sergey Kazantsev
Data
1991
Size
108х45х15 cm
Material
Marble

Description
The creation of this work is connected with the following events, as sculptor S. Kazantsev told:

“An interesting incident happened to me in 1991. An icon has fallen in my studio on Mayakovka line. With a crash, noise, thunderclap, even a flash was. I went to the room to check – it was an 19th century icon of Saint Seraphim of Sarov. An hour later I heard from the radio that the relics of St. Seraphim were discovered. This event strongly struck me. And as the season began, in May I went to Lobanovo village and in 10 days made the sculpture “Seraphim of Sarov”. Then Stanislav Klykov calls me – Do you have something for exhibition about Romanov dynasty. In the White House is gonna be an exhibition dedicated to the Romanovs. I say - No, only Rev. Seraphim. Stanislav Klykov – But this Saint is the main patron of the dynasty. And my work was in the White House, when there was a putsch. I have photos on the stairs in the White House. And one American tried to buy composition "Saint Seraphim of Sarov" for 10 thousand dollars, it was a lot of money at that time. I did not even talk. In 2003 I presented the composition to Patriarch Alexy II. I worked at that time with the Foundation of the Unity of Orthodox Peoples. And they asked me for a gift to the fund. Now the work is in the entrance hall of the foundation building. For the Patriarch was presented, so it will not be lost. It is a marble thing. Marble has become dark, but beautiful. Looks like an old, age old”.

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