This article was researched from Russian media sources and written by Paul Gilbert, Founder of Royal Russia, and Royal Russia News Administrator © 2018
On 11th February, the exhibition Celestial Russia, which showcases the paintings by the famous Moscow artist Philip Moskvitin opened in the multi-media museum Russia. My History in Ekaterinburg. The exhibition is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the memory of Russia’s last imperial family.
Attending the opening of the exhibition were Metropolitan Kirill of Ekaterinburg and Verkhoturye, Metropolitan Joseph of Kurgan and Belozersky, Bishop Innigent of Nizhny Tagil and Serov, Commissioner for Human Rights in the Sverdlovsk Region Tatyana Georgievna Merzlyakova, artists Alexander Remezov and Alexei Efremov.
The exhibition features portraits of great historical figures of Russia: Emperor Nicholas II, Emperor Alexander III, Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna, Patriarch Tikhon, St. Innocent (Veniaminov), St. Nicholas of Japan (Kasatkin), General Yudenich, Baron Wrangel, Admiral Kolchak, and the Holy Royal Martyr Family of Nicholas II.
Opening the event, Metropolitan Kirill of Ekaterinburg and Verkhoturye and Galina Yurievna Golovina, Deputy Minister of Culture of the Sverdlovsk Region, addressed the audience:
“During the World Russian People’s Cathedral, I held several reproductions of these paintings in my hands, and I really wanted to get acquainted with the artist”, – said Bishop Kirill to the audience – “Suddenly the artist introduced himself, and we met with Philip Moskvitin. And I am very glad that he brought some of his work to Ekaterinburg, and that we now have the opportunity to be comforted and strengthened by the spirit emanating from these images, which the artist through his vision, and talent gives us today. This is a great gift for the feast of the saints of the Ekaterinburg region and the year of the centenary of the martyrdom of the Holy Royal Martyr Family in our city. I wish that each of us will be imbued with what the author wanted to convey through his works and that we see not only the sorrow which is in the eyes of Patriarch Tikhon, but also the strength of the spirit inherent in the Russian person and that, among other things, and from these canvases.”
Philip Alexandrovich Moskvitin was born in the Siberian city of Irkutsk in 1974. He graduated from the Russian Academy of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, as well as postgraduate studies under the guidance of Professor Ilya Sergeevich Glazunov. Philip Moskvitin is a member of the Moscow Union of Artists (2003), the Union of Artists of Russia (2007), the Creative Union of Artists of Russia (1999), the Commission on Religious Art of the Moscow Branch of the Union of Artists of Russia, Corresponding Member of the Academy of Russian Literature (2012). Philip Moskvitin belongs to the rare modern masters of the pictorial tradition of spiritual realism, inheriting the vision and talent of such famous artists as M. Nesterov and V. Vasnetsov.
The exhibition Celestial Russia will be open from 11 February to 11 March from 11:00 to 20:00, in the multi-media museum Russia. My History in Ekaterinburg.
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 11 February 2018