1834, Tobolsk - 1882, Kuzminki (now part of Moscow)

Monastic Refectory


  • oil on canvas. 84 x 126
  • Ж-3000

  • Пост. в 1906 от М. Г. Алякринского

Vasily Perov was a leading master of genre scenes. This particular work was regarded as a direct attack on the hypocrisy of the church. Such human vices as gluttony, self-interest, arrogance and envy are personified in the figures of the priests sitting at the refectory table, symbolically placed between a woman begging for alms and a crucifix. The bright sunshine pouring in through the window offers hope for the possibility of spiritual renewal. Russian Museum: From Icons to the Modern Times. Palace Editions, St Petersburg, 2015. P. 176.

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