Description of the painting “Protodeacon” by Ilya Repin

Description of the painting “Protodeacon” by Ilya Repin

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The famous portrait of protodeacon I. Ulanov from Chuguev, the famous artist Ilya Repin masterfully turned into a typical satirical image of the deacon, who has great life potential, but lacks spirituality and kindness, because living conditions make him hypocritical all the time.

The talent of the painter is clearly obvious, as he uses a rich, pronounced manner of writing and gives the image of inconsistency.

The appearance of the protodeacon is a complex figure with a strong torso, the shoulders of a real hero, a long gray beard, in the frame of which fleshy cheeks turn red.

The master of brush presented the vitality and integrity of the image with a variety of painting techniques.

The deacon is dressed in an expensive cassock, and his head is covered with dark velvet skufu. On the chest you can see a fold, hanging on a chain of silver, which the deacon holds by the ruler, in his left hand he holds a huge staff decorated with stones.

A thick reddened nose is clearly marked on the face. The eyebrows are very thick, and greedy eyes gaze from under them intently. It seems that the person in the picture is watching what is happening. The mouth is half-open, it is felt that the Chuguev protodeacon is breathing heavily. Perhaps the aromas of drinks after an evening feast.

The image on the painter’s canvas is a strong nature, but primitivism, rudeness emanates from him, are not alien to the protodeacon and sinful thoughts, which are too far from biblical principles. The artist very subtly with the help of paints combines two opposite points of view: he admires the naturalness of human nature, but exposes the depravity of man.

The painter created one of the most striking protodeacon images, and the painting itself exposes the essence of the church and the clergy and carries a deep artistic meaning.

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