1874, St Petersburg - 7, Kullu (India)

Boris and Gleb


  • canvas on tempera. 61 х 123
  • Ж-7089

  • Received in 1960 from the artist’s son George de Roerich (Moscow) by bequest from the artist

St Boris and St Gleb were two sons of Grand Prince Vladimir, the ruler of Kievan Rus who accepted Christianity in 988. Following Christian teachings, Boris and Gleb would not go against their elder brother; they prevented his murder, and thereby strengthened the principles of Orthodoxy that had come to replace paganism with its harsh and savage customs. Because of their many good works the two brothers, who were murdered in 1015, were the first princes to be canonized by the Russian and Byzantine Churches.

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